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Ronald Koeman Appointed New Manager Of Netherlands National Side

07 February 2018

Former Everton, Southampton and Feyenoord manager Ronald Koeman has returned to football to take charge of the Netherlands national team on a four-and-a-half year contract.

Koeman succeeds Dick Advocaat, who failed to guide the Netherlands to the 2018 World Cup after succeeding Danny Blind midway through the qualification campaign.

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

The KNVB have also appointed Nico-Jan Hoogma, who was general manager at Eredivisie side Heracles Almelo, as director of football.

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"Happy to be here and serve the country in our road to Uefa Euro 2020!"

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

"We know we don't have the best players, but that doesn't mean that you cannot have the best team", he added.

Koeman replaces Dick Advocaat, who was appointed as a stop-gap measure in June after Danny Blind was sacked.

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During that time the national team slumped from one disappointment to another.

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.

He played 78 internationals for the Netherlands and was part of the team's only major title, the 1988 European Championship.

Koeman was capped 78 times by Holland as a player during an worldwide career which spanned 12 years and saw him win Euro 1988.

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

Ronald Koeman Appointed New Manager Of Netherlands National Side