By Tom Blackburn
Dick Advocaat is set to be named as the next manager of Fenerbahce after Vitor Pereira was sacked, according to a report.
Advocaat left club management last October when he quit Sunderland, and has now resigned from the role of assistant coach at Holland to take the new job in Turkey.
Turkish paper Fanatik claims that Advocaat has confirmed his appointment, saying he didn’t think he would return to club management but the club made him an “unbelievable offer”.
The Dutchman is also pictured arriving at Istanbul airport for talks with Fenerbahce officials.
Advocaat managed Rangers between 1998 and 2001, and in that time won the Scottish Premiership twice, the Scottish Cup twice and the Scottish League Cup once.
Holland manager Danny Blind has said he is very disappointed by decision Advocaat has made, saying they had made plans.
“I am shocked and disappointed,” said Blind, who wanted the 68-year-old to help him as the team sought to overcome the disappointment of missing out on Euro 2016 by qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, via the Guardian.
“When I approached Dick last year to be assistant he gave me the impression he wanted to do it long term. But we have to carry on, from now on what is important is our upcoming matches against Greece and Sweden.”
His most recent job at Sunderland was initially just for the end of the 2014-15 season, but after helping them avoid relegation he carried on the role into the next season.
However, he resigned in October 2015 after a poor start to the season, with just one win in all competitions – a 6-3 victory over Exeter in the League Cup.
Advocaat’s first game with Fenerbahce could be in Turkey against Grasshoppers Zurich in the first leg of the play-offs for the Europa League on Thursday.
In other Rangers news, they have submitted a bid for an England-based player and the club respond.