Ronald Koeman appointed Netherlands boss months after Everton sack

Ronald Koeman appointed Netherlands boss months after Everton sack

Former Everton, Southampton and Feyenoord manager Ronald Koeman has returned to football to take charge of the Netherlands national team on a four-and-a-half year contract.

"I'm excited and really very proud that I've signed a contract as the national head coach", Koeman said.

Since finishing third at the 2014 World Cup under Louis van Gaal, the Netherlands have endured a rocky few years. I'm really positive about the future of the national team.

After finishing seventh in his first season at Everton, Koeman was sacked with the Toffees 18th in the Premier League table despite spending around £150million on new signings in the summer.

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.

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A legend with the Netherlands national team, Koeman was capped 78 times as a player and won the European Championship in 1988.

The 54-year-old has been out of work since being dismissed by Everton in October following a disastrous run of form at Goodison Park.

Koeman's first game in charge will be a friendly against England in Amsterdam in March.

As there is no immediate tournament concerns to gear up for, you'd think that Koeman - a pragmatist at heart - will be looking to both blood and bed in a new generation of Dutch fledglings over the course of next year's inaugural Nations League campaign.

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