Ronald Koeman Appointed New Manager Of Netherlands National Side

Everton's Dutch manager Ronald Koeman looks on after Arsenal score their fourth goal during their English Premier League match at Goodison Park in Liverpool

Former Everton manager Ronald Koeman has been appointed as manager of the Netherlands.

His contract will see him in charge up to and including 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.

The target now for the former Everton and Southampton boss is to reach the same level, on and off the pitch, as the team that finished third at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil under Louis van Gaal after losing on penalties to Argentina in the semifinals.

We honestly wish them the best.

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

He also said there was more "tactically" that the team can do, hinting that he may not always stick with the Dutch team's vaunted 4-3-3 line up saying "I'm a coach who likes to change systems" adding players should be able "to handle different systems".

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. We did not qualify for this World Cup or the last European Championships but we still have a lot of good players.

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

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.

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.

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