The Netherlands have appointed former Everton and Southampton boss Ronald Koeman as their new manager.
The former Southampton and Everton manager has been appointed the fourth manager of the Netherlands since Louis Van Gaal led the team at the 2014 world cup.
He has signed a four-and-half-year contract up to and including the 2022 World Cup.
The 54-year-old replaces Dick Advocaat who resigned after failing to guide the Netherlands to the 2018 World Cup. Guus Hiddink and Danny Blind held the position respectively before Advocaat during a difficult period in which the nation failed to qualify for Euro 2016 or this year’s World Cup in Russia.
“I’m really positive about the future of the team. We have enough talent but we have to change some things, which I will talk about at a later stage,” Koeman said at a news conference.
A legend with the Netherlands national team, Koeman was capped 78 times as a player and won the European Championship in 1988.
He was sacked by Everton with the team 18th in the Premier League, having won just two of their nine league games this season despite spending £140m last summer. Koeman’s last job at Everton got off to a fine start, as he led the Toffees to a seventh-place Premier League finish and the Europa League group stage.
However, he was unable to repeat that success in the early going of 2017-18 and was sacked in October following a start to the season that saw Everton hovering near the relegation zone.
He also took Southampton to sixth and seventh in the Premier League in his two years in charge at St Mary’s.
The Netherlands were runners-up at the 2010 World Cup and finished third in 2014 in Brazil but failed to qualify for Euro 2016 and this summer’s World Cup. “I think the Netherlands should and must be qualifying for major finals and I see a bright future in that regard. That’s why I’ve taken the job,” Koeman said.
The former Barcelona ace has also managed Vitesse, Ajax, Benfica, PSV, Valencia, AZ Alkmaar and Feyenoord in his career. Koeman was also previously an assistant with the Netherlands national team setup from 1997-98.
Let’s hope if Koeman can bring the dutch back to the top and bring the glory back and qualify for the Euro cup 2020 and World cup 2022.
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