Netherlands Confirm Former Everton Boss As New Manager

Netherlands appoint ex-Everton manager, Ronald Koeman

Former Everton manager Koeman has been out of a job since he was dismissed by the Premier League club back in October.

Having finished third in the 2014 World Cup, the Netherlands subsequently failed to qualify for the following two tournaments - namely Euro 2016 and the upcoming 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

The 54-year-old's contract runs until after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Koeman told a press conference at the KNVB headquarters in Zeist he was "really excited and very proud" to have fulfilled what he said was "always one of my ambitions" to be the Dutch head coach.

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.

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

For a country with great global pedigree-the Netherlands finished runners-up at the 2010 World Cup and in third place at Brazil 2014-Koeman will be eager to get them back to those great heights.

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

"If you know how I work with my teams, I am a coach who likes to change systems".

"We need a system to get the best out of our players and to get an advantage over our opponents".

The KNVB confirmed on Tuesday that the former Everton manager has succeeded Dick Advocate and will lead the national side into the Euro 2020 qualifiers.

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

He later transferred to Ajax, where he became known for his powerful right-foot.

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