Dick Advocaat has been appointed as the Netherlands manager for the third time, it was confirmed on Tuesday.
That defeat in Sofia has left the three-time World Cup runners-up clinging to only the slimmest of hopes of reaching the 2018 finals in Russian Federation.
Advocaat, 69, previously managed Oranje between 1994-96 and 2002-04 as well as assisting his country for a further three spells, the most recent of which was a year ago.
In his previous spells as national team coach, Advocaat led the Netherlands to the 1994 World Cup quarter-finals and the semi-finals of Euro 2004.
Despite announcing he would retire at the end of this season, Advocaat leaves his role with Fenerbahce to assume the position with the Dutch FA. UEFA.com meets the worldwide bosses who had the most spells in charge of their teams. His departure as assistant past year?
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"Two duo's. One is Henk ten Cate with Fred Rutten as assistant or Dick Advocaat with Ruud Gullit as assistant".
Heated words were exchanged at the press conference over why former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal or current UAE trainer Henk ten Cate were not chosen for the job.
"I never promised Ten Cate anything".
He has also managed the United Arab Emirates, South Korea, Belgium, Russia and Serbia. They are struggling to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in 2018 as well; they're languishing down in fourth place in Group A after five games, having lost their most recent qualifier 2-0 to Bulgaria. The nine winners of each European group will qualify for the World Cup, while the eight best runners-up will advance to the play-offs.
With Gullit, Advocaat got an assistant with great authority. While, Gullit, a former Chelsea coach, captained the Netherlands to its only major tournament success, the 1988 European Championship.