Ronald Koeman named as Netherlands coach

Esther Moore
February 7, 2018

Koeman, sacked by Everton in October, replaces Dick Advocaat, who stepped down past year.

Former Dutch global Ronald Koeman has been named as the new coach of the Dutch national soccer team on Tuesday in Zeist, the Netherlands.

The 54-year-old takes charge of a national team for the first time in his career having managed nine clubs prior, the latest being with Everton in the Premier League.

Koeman has signed a contract that will put him in charge of Dutch fortunes up to and including the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, with the focus very much on getting there in the first place.

The Dutch coach has been out of action since being sacked from Goodison last October.

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

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

Is the pressure of managing Everton finally getting to Ronald Koeman?

Koeman was capped 78 times by Holland as a player during an worldwide career which spanned 12 years and saw him win Euro 1988. The team failed to qualify for both Euro 2016 and the World Cup in 2018, with the path of internal coaching progression left in tatters.

It is his 10th managerial post after spells in charge of Vitesse Arnhem, Ajax, Benfica, PSV Eindhoven, Valencia, AZ Alkmaar, Feyenoord, Southampton and Everton.

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

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