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Dick Advocaat hired as Feyenoord coach to succeed Jaap Stam

October 30, 2019
FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 file photo, Netherlands' coach Dick Advocaat stands on the sidelines ahead of the World Cup Group A qualifying soccer match between Belarus and Netherlands, at the Borisov-Arena stadium, in Borisov, Belarus. Feyenoord has hired Dick Advocaat to succeed Jaap Stam, who resigned Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 after less than half a season in charge of the struggling Rotterdam club. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)
FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 file photo, Netherlands' coach Dick Advocaat stands on the sidelines ahead of the World Cup Group A qualifying soccer match between Belarus and Netherlands, at the Borisov-Arena stadium, in Borisov, Belarus. Feyenoord has hired Dick Advocaat to succeed Jaap Stam, who resigned Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 after less than half a season in charge of the struggling Rotterdam club. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Feyenoord has hired Dick Advocaat as coach to succeed Jaap Stam, who resigned Monday after less than half a season in charge of the struggling Rotterdam club.

Feyenoord announced Wednesday that Advocaat, a veteran who has coached a string of domestic and national teams, will be in charge until the end of the season. Financial terms were not released.

Under Stam, Feyenoord slumped to 12th in the 18-team Dutch top-flight Eredivisie and lost 4-0 on Sunday to archrival Ajax.

Advocaat says: “If I can help the club, I’m happy to do it.”

Advocaat has coached teams including Rangers, Sunderland, PSV Eindhoven and Zenit St. Petersburg, and previously helped out at Feyenoord in 2016 as an adviser when it was struggling under the leadership of inexperienced coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

Advocaat, whose international management career includes leading the Netherlands, South Korea, Russia and Belgium, will be helped by a group of assistants including former Feyenoord defender John de Wolf.

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