Published: Wed, February 07, 2018
Medical | By Jackie Banks

Netherlands Hires Ronald Koeman as New National Team Manager

Netherlands Hires Ronald Koeman as New National Team Manager

Ronald Koeman has been appointed as coach of the Netherlands national team up to and including the 2022 World Cup, and promised there was enough talent to revive the country's fortunes.

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The KNVB confirmed on Tuesday that the former Everton manager has succeeded Dick Advocate and will lead the national side into the Euro 2020 qualifiers.

He replaces Dick Advocaat, who oversaw the country's unsuccessful World Cup qualification campaign for Russian Federation this summer.

He has been appointed on a contract that will run until the 2022 finals in Qatar, which begin in November of that year.

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

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Koeman said he was "really positive about the future of the national team" but suggested he would push greater discipline and training over the coming months. "We don't have the best players, but that does not mean you can not have the best team". We did not qualify for this World Cup or the last European Championships but we still have a lot of good players.

Koeman, who won 78 caps and scored 14 goals as a player from 1982 to 1994, served as Guus Hiddink's assistant with the Dutch national team at the 1998 World Cup.

"Koeman's sacking at Everton came as a gift from heaven for the KNVB", the popular De Telegraaf said.

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

The Dutch will then face world champions Germany and France in the new UEFA Nations League in September and October.

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