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Koeman appointed coach of struggling Netherlands

Koeman appointed coach of struggling Netherlands

Ronald Koeman has been announced as the new manager of the Netherlands national team.

He replaces Dick Advocaat, who oversaw the country's unsuccessful World Cup qualification campaign for Russian Federation this summer.

On Tuesday, Ronald Koeman was presented as the new head coach on a contract which runs until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Koeman made a name for himself as a coach at teams including Ajax, PSV Eindhoven, Valencia, and Feyenoord, earning a reputation as a leader who can get the best out of his players.

The KNVB have also appointed Nico-Jan Hoogma, who was general manager at Eredivisie side Heracles Almelo, as director of football. Kees van Wonderen and Patrick Lodewijks are set to assist Koeman, but their positions have not yet been confirmed.

He succeeds Dick Advocaat, who stepped down after the team's failure to reach this summer's finals in Russian Federation. The best way is so players can handle different systems.

Koeman takes over a Netherlands team that is nearing the end of an era with winger Arjen Robben having retired past year, playmaker Wesley Sneijder approaching the end of his career, and all-time top scorer Robin van Persie now a substitute at Feyenoord.

Koeman said he would not be bound by the long-standing Dutch dogma of playing a 4-3-3 system.

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.

"Koeman's sacking at Everton came as a gift from heaven for the KNVB", the popular De Telegraaf said.

Koeman has been out of work since being sacked by Everton in November, less than 18 months after arriving in Merseyside from Southampton.

The Dutch will then face world champions Germany and France in the new UEFA Nations League in September and October.


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