Ronald Koeman named new Netherlands manager

by Jack Kitson / 06 February 2018, 17:04

Ronald Koeman has ventured into the international arena for the first time in his managerial career after signing a four-and-a-half-year contract with the Netherlands.

It’s Koeman’s 10th job in management and first since he was sacked by Everton back in October.

Koeman has replaced fellow Dutchman Dick Advocaat who stepped down from the post back in November.

The 54-year-old will be tasked with leading Oranje through to their first major tournament since 2014 World Cup - where they came third - with the country missing out on both Euro 2016 and the upcoming 2018 World Cup.

Koeman previously won 78 caps for the Netherlands - bagging 14 goals - and was part of the famous team which won the European Championships in 1998, with Koeman scoring a penalty in the semi-final. He also featured in both the 1990 and 1994 World Cups (finishing in the last-16 then quarter-finals) and also Euro 1992 (semi-finals).

Netherlands have been placed in the UEFA Nations League A, Group 1, where they face Germany and France between September and November.

Koeman, who has named former Hamburg defender Nico-Jan Hoogma as his assistant, will take charge of his troops for the first time on 23 March when they just so happen to face England in a friendly.

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