Netherlands Appoint Ronald Koeman As New Coach

Desiree Steele
February 7, 2018

Ronald Koeman has been appointed the new manager of the Netherlands national team.

Koeman has made no secret of his desire to coach the Netherlands, and was disappointed not to have been appointed when Van Gaal left after the 2014 World Cup.

The Dutch have been without a coach since Dick Advocaat stepped down in November after they failed to qualify for this year's finals.

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

On Twitter, he wrote: "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, 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.

Koeman said he will work players harder on the training pitch. 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.

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 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.

The younger brother of former global team-mate Erwin Koeman, and the son of ex-Dutch worldwide Martin Koeman, he made his debut at 17 playing for FC Groningen in 1980.

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