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Netherlands name Ronald Koeman as new manager on deal until 2022

Netherlands name Ronald Koeman as new manager on deal until 2022

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

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.

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

A statement from the Dutch FA (the KNVB) said: "The KNVB has reached agreement with Ronald Koeman about the appointment as national coach of the Dutch national team". 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.

On Twitter, he wrote: "I am proud to finally announce that I am the new manager of the Dutch national team".

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

Former Everton manager Koeman has been out of a job since he was dismissed by the Premier League club back in October.

A legend with the Netherlands national team, Koeman was capped 78 times as a player and won the European Championship in 1988. His long-term contract will take in the new UEFA Nations League, Euro 2020 and the 2022 World Cup campaign.

The former Everton manager's first opponents will be England in a friendly at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam on 23rd March.


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