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Ronald Koeman has been appointed as coach of the holland national team up to and including the 2022 World Cup,

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Ronald Koeman has been appointed as coach of the holland national team up to and including the 2022 World Cup, the Dutch football association (KNVB) announced on Tuesday.

 

Ronald Koeman has been appointed as coach of the holland national team up to and including the 2022 World Cup, the Dutch football association (KNVB) announced on Tuesday.

The 54-year-old.He has signed a deal until 2022.

He is now to return to the dugout after landing the Holland job following Dick Advocaat’s departure.

Koeman played 78 times for his country, scoring 14 goals, during his career.

The 54-year-old has a big task on his hands after Holland failed to qualify for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

Former Hamburg defender Nico-Jan Hoogma has been named as his assistant.

He had been working as general manager of Heracles Almelo.

He will be expected to help the Dutch to qualify for the next European Championship in 2020 and World Cup two years thereafter, reviving the team’s fortunes in the process.

Koeman, who earned 78 caps for the Netherlands, succeeds Dick Advocaat, who had been brought in midway through last year after the sacking of Danny Blind in March.

His first assignment will be a friendly against England at the Amsterdam Arena on March 23, followed by a meeting with Portugal in Geneva three days later. The Dutch are helping the two Russia-bound teams prepare for this year’s World Cup.

Koeman has been out of work since being dismissed by Everton last October after a poor run of form in the Premier League.

He did, however, enjoy significant success as a club coach in his homeland winning three Eredivisie titles – two with Ajax Amsterdam (2001-02, 2003-04) and one with PSV Eindhoven (2006-07).

He has also coached Vitesse Arnhem, Benfica, Valencia, AZ Alkmaar, Feyenoord and Southampton.

His coaching career began as an assistant to Guus Hiddink with the Dutch side in 1997 but he left after a year to take up a similar role under Louis van Gaal at Barcelona.

Former Dutch international Kees van Wonderen will be Koeman’s assistant with Patrick Lodewijks as goalkeeper coach.

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