Former Everton and Southampton boss Ronald Koeman named as new Netherlands manager

Dutch gaffer Ronald Koeman | AP

Dutch gaffer Ronald Koeman | AP

The Netherlands have officially announced the appointment of Ronald Koeman as their new manager.

On Tuesday, Ronald Koeman was presented as the new head coach on a contract which runs until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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.

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

The Dutch have been without a coach since Dick Advocaat stepped down in November after they failed to qualify for this year's finals.

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

We honestly wish them the best. "That's why I've taken the job".

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It was a massive humiliation for the football-mad Dutch, causing much soul-searching, and an added blow to national pride after the team also missed Euro 2016.

The 54-year-old former global defender is the seventh coach in eight years for the Dutch team, who have missed out on the last two major championships. "We don't have the best players, but that does not mean you can not have the best team".

The 54-year-old is Netherlands' fourth head coach since Louis van Gaal left to take over at Manchester United after leading Oranje to third place at the 2014 World Cup.

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

During that time the national team slumped from one disappointment to another.

Koeman said he will work players harder on the training pitch. As a player, he won the Eredivisie on four occasions with Ajax and PSV, as well as being a part of the famous Netherlands side that won the 1988 European Champions.

During his playing career, Koeman made 78 appearances for the Dutch national side.

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