Published: Wed, February 07, 2018
Medical | By Alyssa Little

Koeman confirmed as the new Netherlands head coach

Koeman confirmed as the new Netherlands head coach

BC-SOC-Netherlands-Koeman, 1st Ld-Writethru, 317Koeman appointed coach of struggling NetherlandsEds: Adds detailsRonald Koeman has taken charge of the struggling Netherlands team.

A statement from the Dutch FA (the KNVB) said: "The KNVB has reached agreement with Ronald Koeman about the appointment as national coach of the Dutch national team".

The appointment of the ex-Netherlands global was announced by the country's football association (KNVB) on Tuesday.

They were runners-up at the 2010 World Cup and finished third in Brazil four years later but failed to qualify for the 2018 finals in Russian Federation.

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The Gabon global was prolific during his four and a half seasons at Dortmund, scoring 98 Bundesliga goals in 144 appearances.

Nico-Jan Hoogma, general manager of Heracles Almelo and a former defender, has been brought in as Koeman's assistant.

"I'm really positive about the future of the team".

In a Tweet, Koeman added he was "happy to be here and serve the country in our road to UEFA Euro 2020".

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.

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Guus Hiddink succeeded Van Gaal but was replaced by Danny Blind who was then followed by Advocaat in what has been a frustrating period for the Netherlands, who also failed to qualify for Euro 2016.

During that time the national team slumped from one disappointment to another. We have a lot of good players and talented players.

In between, he played as part of the so-called "Dream Team" at Barcelona from 1990-1995 scoring the winning goal in the 1992 Champions League final.

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

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