Published: Wed, February 07, 2018
Health Care | By Alice Shelton

Netherlands Confirm Former Everton Boss As New Manager

Netherlands Confirm Former Everton Boss As New Manager

Ronald Koeman has been appointed head coach of the Netherlands national team, signing a contract until 2022.

But instead, the Royal Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) appointed another stalwart Guus Hiddink, who was then replaced by Danny Blind, followed by Advocaat - all in just over three-and-a-half years.

Koeman's long-term mission will be to guide the Dutch back to the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ after they failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia under head coach Dick Advocaat.

Nico-Jan Hoogma was also presented as the new technical director of the KNVB.

"I'm really positive about the future of the team as we have enough talent but we have to change some things, which I will talk about at a later stage", he said at a news conference after being named to the job by the Dutch football association (KNVB) on Tuesday.

The 54-year-old was sacked as manager of Everton with the Toffees 18th in the Premier League
The 54-year-old was sacked as manager of Everton with the Toffees 18th in the Premier League

But he faces a challenge to lift morale in the national side, who failed to reach either Euro 2016 or this summer's World Cup.

"We know we don't have the best players, but that doesn't mean that you cannot have the best team", he added. He represented his country in the 1990 and 1994 World Cups, and helped his team to victory for the first time in the 1988 UEFA European championships.

As a player, Koeman won 78 caps for Holland and was part of the great Dutch team that won Euro 88, starring alongside the likes of Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard and Marco van Basten.

He was also an assistant coach to Van Gaal.

The 54-year-old takes charge of a national team for the first time in his career having managed nine clubs prior, the latest being with Everton in the Premier League.

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