Ronald Koeman confirmed as new Dutch manager on long-term deal

Ronald Koeman confirmed as Netherlands boss

Ronald Koeman confirmed as Netherlands boss

Netherlands have appointed former Everton and Southampton manager Ronald Koeman as their new head coach.

Koeman has been out of work since being sacked by Everton in October previous year after a surprisingly poor start to the Premier League season and will take his first role global role since working as an assistant coach with the Dutch team in the late 1990s.

He will be expected to help the Dutch qualify for Euro 2020 and the World Cup in Qatar two years thereafter, reviving the team's fortunes in the process.

The 54-year-old former worldwide defender is the seventh coach in eight years for the Dutch team, who have missed out on the last two major championships.

Nico-Jan Hoogma, general manager of Heracles Almelo and a former defender, has been brought in as Koeman's assistant. Kees van Wonderen and Patrick Lodewijks are set to assist Koeman, but their positions have not yet been confirmed.

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. "That's why I've taken the job".

"We need a system to get the best out of our players and to get an advantage over our opponents".

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

The 54-year-old is Netherlands' fourth head coach since Louis van Gaal left to take over at Manchester United after leading Oranje to third place at the 2014 World Cup.

"Koeman's sacking at Everton came as a gift from heaven for the KNVB", the popular De Telegraaf said.

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

The Dutch will then face world champions Germany and France in the new UEFA Nations League in September and October.

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