Ex-Everton boss Koeman appointed Holland coach

Jonathan Hernandez
February 7, 2018

Former Everton manager Ronald Koeman has been appointed as manager of the Netherlands.

The KNVB have been looking for a new head coach since Dick Advocaat stepped down from the position in November after failing to reach the World Cup.

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

"I'm excited and really very proud that I've signed a contract as the national head coach", Koeman said. "It is a great honor and a great challenge".

For a country with great global pedigree-the Netherlands finished runners-up at the 2010 World Cup and in third place at Brazil 2014-Koeman will be eager to get them back to those great heights. I'm really positive about the future of the national team.

His first match in charge of the national side will be against England on March 23.

Koeman, who won 78 caps and scored 14 goals as a player between 1982-94, has previous experience coaching the Netherlands, having served as Hiddink's assistant with the Dutch national team at the 1998 World Cup.

The Dutch coach has been out of action since being sacked from Goodison last October. Two years later Koeman even was favorite to take the job, but the KNVB eventually ignored Koeman and preferred the return of Hiddink. On September 9 the Dutch play France in the Nations League.

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