Koeman appointed coach of struggling Netherlands

Koeman appointed coach of struggling Netherlands

Koeman appointed coach of struggling Netherlands

The Netherlands have confirmed the appointment of former Everton and Southampton manager Ronald Koeman as their new head coach on a four-and-a-half-year deal.

Koeman has made no secret of his desire to coach the Netherlands, and was disappointed not to have been appointed when Van Gaal left after the 2014 World Cup.

Koeman succeeds Dick Advocaat, who failed to guide the Netherlands to the 2018 World Cup after succeeding Danny Blind midway through the qualification campaign.

"Koeman has just signed a contract that ties him to Oranje with immediate effect up to and including the 2022 World Cup".

The KNVB have also appointed Nico-Jan Hoogma, who was general manager at Eredivisie side Heracles Almelo, as director of football.

In a Tweet, Koeman added he was "happy to be here and serve the country in our road to UEFA Euro 2020".

Guus Hiddink and Danny Blind held the position before Advocaat during a hard period, in which they failed to qualify for Euro 2016 or this year's tournament in Russian Federation.

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

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

An attack-minded central defender, Koeman picked up 78 Dutch caps as a player between 1982-94, scoring 14 goals.

Koeman's first game in charge will be a friendly against England in Amsterdam in March.

The younger brother of former global team-mate Erwin Koeman, and the son of ex-Dutch worldwide Martin Koeman, he made his debut at 17 playing for FC Groningen in 1980.

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