Published: Tue, February 06, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Netherlands Confirm Former Everton Boss As New Manager

Netherlands Confirm Former Everton Boss As New Manager

Ronald Koeman has been named the new Netherlands head coach on a deal that will run until the completion of the 2022 World Cup.

The former Everton and Southampton boss takes charge of a team who have failed to qualify for this year's World Cup.

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. "I am looking forward to the forthcoming years as national team coach".

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

Koeman will become the Netherlands' fourth boss since Louis van Gaal stepped down after leading the country to a third-place finish at the 2014 World Cup.

Koeman's last job as a coach was at Premier League club Everton, where he was sacked on October 23 past year. Two years later Koeman even was favorite to take the job, but the KNVB eventually ignored Koeman and preferred the return of Hiddink.

Guus Hiddink and Danny Blind held the position respectively before Advocaat during a hard period in which the nation failed to qualify for Euro 2016 or this year's World Cup in Russian Federation. Koeman's mission is simple: build a new team and qualify for Euro 2020.

The 54-year-old will quickly be able to put his knowledge of the English game to the test with his first game as manager a friendly in Holland against Gareth Southgate's England. On September 9 the Dutch play France in the Nations League.

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