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England provide first test as Ronald Koeman is announced as Netherlands manager

07 February, 2018, 01:24 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Ronald Koeman confirmed as Netherlands boss

FORMER Everton boss Ronald Koeman has been appointed new Holland manager.

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

Having finished third in the 2014 World Cup, the Netherlands subsequently failed to qualify for the following two tournaments - namely Euro 2016 and the upcoming 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

Advocaat left the post following Holland's failed qualifying campaign for this summer's World Cup, where they could only finish third in Group A behind France and Sweden.

"I'm really positive about the future of the national team - if not, I wouldn't take the job for the next two [years] and the next two after that".


After that World Cup Koeman became assistant of Louis van Gaal at FC Barcelona and his first stint as head coach was at Dutch club Vitesse, followed by Ajax, Benfica, PSV, Valencia, AZ, Feyenoord, Southampton and Everton.

Advocaat stepped down from the role after failing to guide Holland to Russian Federation, in what was his third spell in charge of the national team.

With the Netherlands at a low ebb, a new-look team were just about displaying the green shoots of recovery during Advocaat's last four or five matches in charge, with an emphasis put on handing call-ups to young talent and players in form, rather than big names being auto-selected. We have a lot of good players and talented players.

Koeman, 54, has been out of work since being sacked by Everton in October after a string of defeats saw the Toffees fall into the relegation zone.

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