He will be expected to help the Dutch to qualify for the next European Championship in 2020 and World Cup two years thereafter, reviving the team's fortunes in the process. Koeman, who earned 78 caps for the Netherlands, succeeds Dick Advocaat, who had been brought in midway through last year after the sacking of Danny Blind in March. His first assignment will be a friendly against England at the Amsterdam Arena on March 23, followed by a meeting with Portugal in Geneva three days later. The Dutch are helping the two Russia-bound teams prepare for this year's World Cup.
BREAKING: @KNVB confirm Ronald Koeman as new head coach of Netherlands on a four-and-a-half year deal. #SSN pic.twitter.com/dDdeBgP6Ig— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) February 6, 2018
Koeman has been out of work since being dismissed by Everton last October after a poor run of form in the Premier League. He did, however, enjoy significant success as a club coach in his homeland winning three Eredivisie titles - two with Ajax Amsterdam (2001-02, 2003-04) and one with PSV Eindhoven (2006-07).
Sacked by Everton in October, managing his country four months later!February 6, 2018
Ronald Koeman has bounced back well.
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He has also coached Vitesse Arnhem, Benfica, Valencia, AZ Alkmaar, Feyenoord and Southampton. His coaching career began as an assistant to Guus Hiddink with the Dutch side in 1997 but he left after a year to take up a similar role under Louis van Gaal at Barcelona. Former Dutch international Kees van Wonderen will be Koeman's assistant with Patrick Lodewijks as goalkeeper coach.
Ronald Koeman named the new manager of the Netherlands.— UNILAD Football (@UNILADFooty) February 6, 2018
Leaves one mess behind at Everton and walks straight into another one ? pic.twitter.com/MO8FgEGSla
Ronald Koeman's record in the Premier League:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 6, 2018
44.7% win rate
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