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England provide first test as Ronald Koeman is announced as Netherlands manager

England provide first test as Ronald Koeman is announced as Netherlands manager

The KNVB have confirmed that Ronald Koeman is the new head coach of the Netherlands.

He said: "I am proud to finally announce that I am the new manager of the Dutch national team". I'm really positive about the future of the national team.

Koeman has been out of work since being sacked by Everton in October a year ago 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.

The 54-year-old becomes the fourth coach to take the Holland job since Louis van Gaal left to take over at Manchester United after guiding the Oranje to third place at 2014 World Cup Brazil.

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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. His main trophies as a coach were the championships with Ajax (2002, 2004) and PSV (2007).

The Dutch coach has been out of action since being sacked from Goodison last October.

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. His long-term contract will take in the new UEFA Nations League, Euro 2020 and the 2022 World Cup campaign. The sides meet on Friday 23 March.


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