The Netherlands have officially announced the appointment of Ronald Koeman as their new manager.
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.
— KNVB (@KNVB) February 6, 2018
Koeman has been out of work since being sacked by Everton in November, less than 18 months after arriving in Merseyside from Southampton.
Despite that, however, he is still seen as something of a legend in his homeland. 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.
As a manager, meanwhile, he was equally as successful at Ajax and PSV, delivering three league titles in six years across both clubs.
The 54-year-old has been given a contract with the Orange until 2022, but he will have his work cut out for him in restoring the national side’s fortunes. 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 Russia.
The fact that they didn’t not even make the playoffs from either qualifying group was particularly galling.