Koeman named new Dutch boss


Ronald Koeman has been appointed the new manager of the Netherlands national team.

Netherlands have been without a head coach since Dick Advocaat stepped down previous year after failing to qualify for this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.

He will be expected to help the Dutch qualify for Euro 2020 and the World Cup in Qatar two years thereafter, reviving the team's fortunes in the process.

Koeman's first press conference was immediately announced by the KNVB, and he was set to speak about his new role at 3.30pm GMT.

Guus Hiddink and Danny Blind held the position before Advocaat during a hard period, in which they failed to qualify for Euro 2016 or this year's tournament in Russian Federation.

They also missed out on the European Championships in France in 2016.

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The Netherlands were runners-up at the 2010 World Cup and finished third in 2014 in Brazil but failed to qualify for Euro 2016 and this summer's World Cup.

We honestly wish them the best.

With the Netherlands at a low ebb, a new-look team were just about displaying the green shoots of recovery during Advocaat's last four or five matches in charge, with an emphasis put on handing call-ups to young talent and players in form, rather than big names being auto-selected.

An attack-minded central defender, Koeman picked up 78 Dutch caps as a player between 1982-94, scoring 14 goals.

He was also an assistant coach to Van Gaal. Stints at other Dutch clubs followed including PSV Eindhoven as well as Feyenoord.

Koeman has been out of work since being sacked by Everton in November, less than 18 months after arriving in Merseyside from Southampton.