Koeman confirmed as the new Netherlands head coach

Arnold Nichols
February 7, 2018

Netherlands have appointed former Everton and Southampton manager Ronald Koeman as their new head coach.

"I never hided my ambition to be coach of the Dutch national team", Koeman said during the press conference.

Koeman, sacked by Everton in October, replaces Dick Advocaat, who stepped down past year.

Having retired from playing in 1997, that was Koeman's first coaching job, assisting head coach Guus Hiddink as the Oranje finished fourth at the World Cup the following year.

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.

"I'm really positive about the future of the national team - if not, I wouldn't take the job for the next two [years] and the next two after that".

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.

The 54-year-old has been out of work since being dismissed by Everton in October following a disastrous run of form at Goodison Park.

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

As there is no immediate tournament concerns to gear up for, you'd think that Koeman - a pragmatist at heart - will be looking to both blood and bed in a new generation of Dutch fledglings over the course of next year's inaugural Nations League campaign.

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