Sunday, 27 May, 2018

Koeman confirmed as the new Netherlands head coach

Ronald Koeman follows in footsteps of Louis van Gaal with new job Former Everton manager Ronald Koeman
Isaac Mcdaniel | 07 February, 2018, 01:24

The Netherlands have been without a manager since former Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat stepped down in November following the country's failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

Ronald Koeman has been announced as the new national team coach of the Netherlands, signing a four-and-a-half-year contract, the KNVB (Royal Dutch Football Association) confirmed.

On Tuesday, Ronald Koeman was presented as the new head coach on a contract which runs until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The 54-year-old becomes the fourth coach to take the Holland job since Louis van Gaal left to take over at Manchester United after guiding the Oranje to third place at 2014 World Cup Brazil.

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

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"I'm really positive about the future of the national team - if not, I wouldn't take the job for the next two [years] and the next two after that".

His first match in charge of the national side will be against England on March 23.

Koeman, who earned 78 caps for the Netherlands, succeeds Dick Advocaat, who had been brought in midway through past year after the sacking of Danny Blind in March.

As a player, Koeman won 78 caps for Holland and was part of the great Dutch team that won Euro 88, starring alongside the likes of Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard and Marco van Basten.

"Happy to be here and serve the country in our road to Uefa Euro 2020!"

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