Published: Wed, February 07, 2018
Medical | By Josefina Yates

Ronald Koeman appointed new Netherlands head coach

Ronald Koeman appointed new Netherlands head coach

BC-SOC-Netherlands-Koeman, 1st Ld-Writethru, 317Koeman appointed coach of struggling NetherlandsEds: Adds detailsRonald Koeman has taken charge of the struggling Netherlands team.

He said: "I am proud to finally announce that I am the new manager of the Dutch national team".

"I think the Netherlands should and must be qualifying for major finals and I see a bright future in that regard".

This will be Koeman's first global job after taking charge of nine different clubs, including Ajax, Benfica and Valencia.

"If you know how I work with my teams, I am a coach who likes to change systems".

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

They also missed out on the European Championships in France in 2016.

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The 54-year-old's contract runs until after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

He succeeds Dick Advocaat, who stepped down after the team's failure to reach this summer's finals in Russian Federation.

The former Everton manager's first opponents will be England in a friendly at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam on 23rd March.

Advocaat then arrived for a third spell in charge of the national side, but at 70 years of age and having failed to rescue World Cup qualification, left his role at the end of 2017.

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

He admitted to reporters that "expectations are high" especially after two big defeats, "but we still have good players, and we have still a lot of talent".

Koeman has won three Eredivisie titles - two with Ajax and one with PSV - and a KNVB Cup with Ajax.

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