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Hiddink lined up for Dutch job

Guus Hiddink has revealed he has been lined up to take over from Louis van Gaal as coach of the Netherlands after this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

Van Gaal stated after the draw for the 2016 European Championships qualifiers that he would welcome the opportunity to manage in the Premier League and he has been strongly linked with a move to Tottenham at the end of the season.

That would leave the way clear for former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager Hiddink to take charge of his national side, a role he undertook in the 1990s.

Hiddink was head coach of the Dutch side between 1994 and 1998, guiding them to the semi-finals in France where they lost to Brazil on penalties.

The 67-year-old told Dutch broadcaster NOS he has already been in talks with their FA as he looks to put together his backroom staff, with former internationals Jaap Stam, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Giovanni van Bronckhorst linked with support roles.

"I am working with the KNVB (Dutch FA) to create a coaching team around me," he said.

"We will need a few days or maybe a couple of weeks.

"It will be a great team. I will not be a free-wheeling coach. When I do something, I want to do it as well as I can - otherwise I would not do it."

Hiddink has also coached South Korea, Australia, Russia and Turkey and was most recently in charge of Russian Premier League side Anzhi Makhachkala before resigning his post last July.

He was last month appointed as an adviser to the coaching staff of PSV Eindhoven until the end of the season.