Wednesday, 21 February, 2018

Former Everton boss Ronald Koeman appointed as new manager of The Netherlands

Ronald Koeman file Koeman was sacked by Everton in October last year
Delia Stanley | 07 February, 2018, 01:54

BC-SOC-Netherlands-Koeman, 1st Ld-Writethru, 317Koeman appointed coach of struggling NetherlandsEds: Adds detailsRonald Koeman has taken charge of the struggling Netherlands team.

The 54-year-old replaces Dick Advocaat who resigned after failing to guide the Netherlands to the 2018 World Cup.

In a statement, the KNVB said Koeman had signed a contract "up to and including the 2022 World Cup", and he was due to speak at a news conference later on Tuesday.

Nico-Jan Hoogma was also presented as the new technical director of the KNVB.

The former Everton manager's first opponents will be England in a friendly at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam on 23rd March.

On Twitter, he wrote: "I am proud to finally announce that I am the new manager of the Dutch national team".

Koeman was a key member of the team that won Euro 1988 and said the team's recent decline shows today's footballers need to learn from other about discipline, love for the game and pride in representing their country, he said.

Advocaat arrived in May for a third stint as national coach, but stepped down seven months later after failing to steer the struggling European heavyweights into the World Cup finals in Russian Federation. "We don't have the best players, but that does not mean you can not have the best team".

Koeman, who won 78 caps and scored 14 goals as a player between 1982-94, has previous experience coaching the Netherlands, having served as Hiddink's assistant with the Dutch national team at the 1998 World Cup.

Koeman said he would not be bound by the long-standing Dutch dogma of playing a 4-3-3 system.

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