Netherlands name Ronald Koeman as new manager

Netherlands name Ronald Koeman as new manager

Netherlands name Ronald Koeman as new manager

Former Everton manager Ronald Koeman has been named as the new Netherlands coach.

Koeman has been out of work since being sacked by Everton in October previous year after a surprisingly poor start to the Premier League season and will take his first role global role since working as an assistant coach with the Dutch team in the late 1990s.

Koeman, 54, has signed a four-and-a-half year deal leading up to the 2022 World Cup.

Koeman told a press conference at the KNVB headquarters in Zeist he was "really excited and very proud" to have fulfilled what he said was "always one of my ambitions" to be the Dutch head coach.

Koeman replaces Dick Advocaat, who was appointed as a stop-gap measure in June after Danny Blind was sacked.

The Netherlands were runners-up at the 2010 World Cup and finished third in 2014 in Brazil but failed to qualify for Euro 2016 and this summer's World Cup.

"I'm really positive about the future of the team".

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The 54-year-old former worldwide defender is the seventh coach in eight years for the Dutch team, who have missed out on the last two major championships. The best way is so players can handle different systems.

The appointment of the ex-Netherlands global was announced by the country's football association (KNVB) on Tuesday.

Koeman won Euro 88 as a Netherlands player, part of a team that also included Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard and Marco van Basten.

He was also an assistant coach to Van Gaal.

During his playing career, Koeman made 78 appearances for the Dutch national side. Stints at other Dutch clubs followed including PSV Eindhoven as well as Feyenoord.

"Koeman's sacking at Everton came as a gift from heaven for the KNVB", the popular De Telegraaf said.

Koeman, who has been out of work since being sacked by Everton in October, will take charge for the first time against England on 23 March.

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