Ronald Koeman appointed Netherlands boss months after Everton sack

Sheri Evans
February 7, 2018

Koeman succeeds Dick Advocaat, who failed to guide the Netherlands to the 2018 World Cup after succeeding Danny Blind midway through the qualification campaign.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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"Happy to be here and serve the country in our road to Uefa Euro 2020!"

Koeman has been capped 78 times for his country and won the European Championship in 1988.

Is the pressure of managing Everton finally getting to Ronald Koeman?

It is his 10th managerial post after spells in charge of Vitesse Arnhem, Ajax, Benfica, PSV Eindhoven, Valencia, AZ Alkmaar, Feyenoord, Southampton and Everton.

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.

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