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Cruyff tips Rijkaard for Dutch job

Dutch legend backs former Barcelona manager for job

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Netherlands fell to three straight defeats at Euro 2012© Julian Finney/Getty Images

Netherlands footballing icon Johan Cruyff has tipped former Barcelona manager Frank Rijkaard to take over as coach of the national team.

Cruyff, who has been critical of the Dutch team and the country’s football association since the disappointing exit from Euro 2012, believes current Saudi Arabia boss Rijkaard is the man to take the side forward.

Rijkaard, who won 73 caps, briefly managed Netherlands from 1998-2000, guiding the side to a Euro 2000 semi-final before going on to achieve great success at Barcelona.

“Rijkaard has shown he dares to make radical choices when needed," Cruyff told Voetbal International. "The Dutch team must start again with a new staff and changes in the squad. Regarding the latter, it should be a mix of current internationals and younger talent.

“This process requires a lot of work to be performed by someone accustomed to this level, including some painful decisions. You must be looked up to as a coach and respected. Though I have not put a lot of thought into it, Rijkaard is the first name that comes to me. He would be a good choice.”

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