Netherlands Hires Ronald Koeman as New National Team Manager

07 February, 2018, 01:50 | Author: Inez Murphy
  • Koeman has signed a contract with the Dutch FA until the summer of 2022. He replaces Dick Advocaat who stepped down in November

The Dutch Football Association has appointed former Everton and Southampton coach Ronald Koeman to take charge of the struggling national team.

Netherlands have been without a head coach since Dick Advocaat stepped down a year ago after failing to qualify for this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.

Koeman, 54, has signed a four-and-a-half year deal leading up to the 2022 World Cup.

A legend with the Netherlands national team, Koeman was capped 78 times as a player and won the European Championship in 1988.

He also said there was more "tactically" that the team can do, hinting that he may not always stick with the Dutch team's vaunted 4-3-3 line up saying "I'm a coach who likes to change systems" adding players should be able "to handle different systems".

Nico-Jan Hoogma, now with Heracles, was also named a top sports director and assistant for Koeman by the KNVB. Kees van Wonderen and Patrick Lodewijks are set to assist Koeman, but their positions have not yet been confirmed.

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. "If I wasn't, I wouldn't have taken this job".

Since finishing third at the 2014 World Cup under Louis van Gaal, the Netherlands have endured a rocky few years.

"We need a system to get the best out of our players and to get an advantage over our opponents". Stints at other Dutch clubs followed including PSV Eindhoven as well as Feyenoord.

Koeman, who has been out of work since being sacked by Everton in October, will take charge for the first time against England on 23 March.

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