Dick Advocate continues to oppose all criticism regarding his new career move. Hagenar, 73, was recently appointed as the new national coach Iraq.
The lawyer had previously insisted He doesn’t do it for money. Moreover, the argument that he should not go to Iraq was dismissed by The Little General because of the human rights issue in the country. “Can you still go to China? To Turkey? To Russia? Even to the United States?” He is surprised at the conversation International football. The lawyer wants to turn it around. “Ordinary people will always be affected by what happens in a country and football is a distraction. If we qualify for the World Cup in Qatar, there is hope in Iraq.”
After he left Feyenoord, Advocate decided to stop as a club coach. However, he thought it was too soon to say goodbye. “I sat at home for a few weeks after Fanord. Initially it was fine, but after a while I’m going to look at that phone. If they do not call, I’m nervous.”
In his own words, the lawyer could go in many directions, so he chose Iraq. He could soon try to lead the country to the World Cup in Qatar: Iraq is on a qualifying team with South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Syria and Iran and needs to finish in the top three. “Something flew for twelve hours for a game, yes, I missed it,” he admits, and he also faced Bert van Marwijk in clashes with the United Arab Emirates. “You’ll soon get two former Orange national coaches against each other in the Middle East. That’s fine, isn’t it?”
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