Koeman named as Netherlands coach

07 February, 2018, 01:50 | Author: Otis Hoffman
  • Ronald Koeman

Ronald Koeman has been announced as the new national team coach of the Netherlands, signing a four-and-a-half-year contract, the KNVB (Royal Dutch Football Association) confirmed.

Koeman has been out of work since being sacked by Everton in October past year after a surprisingly poor start to the Premier League season and will take his first role global role since working as an assistant coach with the Dutch team in the late 1990s.

His contract will see him in charge up to and including the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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

Koeman won Euro 88 as a Netherlands player, part of a team that also included Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard and Marco van Basten.

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Advocaat stepped down from the role after failing to guide Holland to Russian Federation, in what was his third spell in charge of the national team.

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

His first match in charge of the national side will be against England on March 23. We did not qualify for this World Cup or the last European Championships but we still have a lot of good players.

Tuesday's announcement marks Koeman's 10th managerial post since starting his coaching career at Vitesse in 2000, having already served as Hiddink's assistant with the Dutch national team at the 1998 World Cup.

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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