Manchester United’s new permanent manager Erik ten Hag will become the ninth Dutchman to have managed in the Premier League.
No Dutchman has a led a team to the league title, but Ajax’s former manager will be hoping to change of all that when he takes the reins at Old Trafford.
The 52-year-old, who has already said he cannot wait to work with ‘giant’ Cristiano Ronaldo, will be taking over a Red Devils side which is at its lowest ebb in years, and that has just produced its worst Premier League points total.
But with Ten Hag’s tenure set to start, United in Focus takes a look at the previous eight Dutch managers in the Premier League.
Dutch managers in the Premier League
The Dutch legend, who has warned Ten Hag about taking the Manchester United job due to the pressure form ex-stars, was the Premier League’s first Dutch manager.
Gullit won the 1997 FA Cup with Chelsea, but was sacked the following season by Ken Bates when the Blues were second in the table.
He took over as Newcastle United months later, but his reign turned sour after falling out with club legend Alan Shearer. Gullit resigned days after a home derby defeat to Sunderland, which left the Magpies with one point from the opening five games of the 1999/2000 season.
Gullit didn’t take another managerial role for five years before being appointed as Feyenoord’s boss. He lasted 44 games in Rotterdam before having spells in charge of La Galaxy and Terek Grozny.
His last coaching role saw him be the assistant manager of Dick Advocaat for the Netherlands national team across a seven-game period from June to November 2017.
After being Jacques Santini’s assistant at Tottenham, Jol took the White Hart Lane reins when the Frenchman departed in November 2004.
Jol guided Spurs to consecutive fifth-placed finishes, but the first was memorable for a final-day drop out of the Champions League places amid an outbreak of illness and lasagne-related conspiracy theories.
Antonio Conte will be hoping to avoid a repeat on the final day of the current campaign. Jol was sacked after a poor start to the 2007-08 but returned to England nearly four years later with Fulham.
Jol is currently the technical director at ADO Den Haag.
Hiddink was on the receiving end of a Roman Abramovich SOS on two separate occasions at Stamford Bridge.
The Dutchman arrived in west London in 2009 following the sacking of Luiz Felipe Scolari. He guided the Blues to a Champions League semi-final and FA Cup glory.
Following Chelsea’s remarkable collapse under Jose Mourinho in 2015 just months after winning the Premier League, Hiddink was summoned once again after the Portuguese was sacked, with Chelsea in 16th place.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s former Manchester United assistant manager took over from Jol when his compatriot departed Craven Cottage in December 2013.
Meulensteen only lasted 17 games as Fulham boss before being replaced by Felix Magath.
The 58-year-old is currently the assistant manager of Australia’s national side.
Tasked with following in the footsteps of Mauricio Pochettino at Southampton, Koeman guided the Saints to seventh-and-sixth-placed finishes in the Premier League before Everton came calling.
The Dutch icon secured Europa League qualification in his first season at Goodison Park, but results took an almighty nosedive at the start of the 2017-18 campaign.
Koeman couldn’t steady the tide on Merseyside and he was sacked in October 2017. After a 20-game spell as Netherlands manager, Koeman returned to his former club Barcelona to take over the cash-strapped club.
But just like with the Toffees, Koeman was sacked in October and the Catalans appointed Xavi. The 59-year-old will become the manager of Netherlands for the second time when he takes over from Louis van Gaal after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Louis van Gaal
Ten Hag will follow in Van Gaal’s footsteps as Dutch manager at the Theatre of Dreams, but United fans will be expecting the former Ajax boss to play a far more attractive brand of football then what Van Gaal produced.
Van Gaal achieved fourth-and-fifth-placed league finishes, but he was sacked days after winning the FA Cup and was replaced by Jose Mourinho.
The 74-year-old has a wealth of managerial experience and he did a great job keeping Sunderland in the Premier League as interim boss in 2015-16.
The Black Cats convinced Advocaat to delay his planned retirement to take the job on a permanent basis but resigned after a poor start to the following season.
Since departing the Stadium of Light, Advocaat has managed Fenerbahce, Netherlands, FC Utrecht, Feyenoord and Iraq.
He’s currently occupying an advisory role at Utrecht.
Frank de Boer
Of all the Dutch managers in the Premier League, De Boer will always be remembered for the wrong reasons.
Following four successive defeats and just 77 days at Selhurst Park, Crystal Palace sacked the former Ajax and Inter Milan manager.
Since his damaging spell with the Eagles, De Boer has managed MLS side Atalanta United and the Netherlands national team.
But after falling to Czech Republic in the last-16 of the European Championships, De Boer was relived of his duties in June and replaced by Van Gaal. He’s currently out of work.