Ronald Koeman appointed new Netherlands head coach

England provide first test as Ronald Koeman is announced as Netherlands manager

After signing a contract until the 2022 World Cup the 54-year-old Koeman was presented at the headquarters of the Dutch national football association KNVB, together with new top soccer director Nico-Jan Hoogma, who steps down as general director of Heracles Almelo.

Ronald Koeman has been appointed as the new head coach of the Netherlands, replacing Dick Advocaat who stepped down in November having failed to secure World Cup qualification.

During his playing career, Koeman made 78 appearances for the Dutch national side.

Advocaat left the post following Holland's failed qualifying campaign for this summer's World Cup, where they could only finish third in Group A behind France and Sweden. I'm really positive about the future of the national team.

For a country with great worldwide pedigree-the Netherlands finished runners-up at the 2010 World Cup and in third place at Brazil 2014-Koeman will be eager to get them back to those great heights.




Koeman, who earned 78 caps for the Netherlands, succeeds Dick Advocaat, who had been brought in midway through previous year after the sacking of Danny Blind in March. Koeman's mission is simple: build a new team and qualify for Euro 2020.

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

We honestly wish them the best.

Koeman's last job as a coach was at Premier League club Everton, where he was sacked on October 23 previous year.

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