Belgium allow AZ's Advocaat talks

The Belgian Football Association (URBSFA/KBVB) has granted national coach Dick Advocaat permission to speak to AZ Alkmaar over the possibility of him joining the Dutch champions until the end of the season.

AZ approached the Belgian FA after sacking Ronald Koeman on Saturday. The Alkmaar club won the Eredivisie under Louis van Gaal last season but have struggled this term and currently find themselves in seventh place, 19 points behind leaders FC Twente.

They see former Netherlands boss Advocaat as the man to reverse their slide and the KBVB are willing to co-operate on the proviso it is just a short-term agreement. The KBVB said in a statement today: "The executive committee yesterday decided to allow coach Dick Advocaat to pursue negotiations with AZ Alkmaar for the post of coach of the Dutch club until the end of the current season.

"The only condition is that the coach ends the collaboration at the end of the season. If Advocaat comes to an agreement with AZ, he will still continue his duties [with Belgium]. The end of the season sees the start of an important period for the Red Devils, most notably the start of qualifying for Euro 2012."

AZ meet Belgian side Standard Liege tomorrow in the UEFA Champions League. Standard need a win to stand any chance of progressing from Group H while AZ will claim a place in the UEFA Europa League with victory.