Netherlands Name Ronald Koeman New Head Coach

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Former Everton manager Ronald Koeman has been named as the new Netherlands coach.

Koeman's long-term mission will be to guide the Dutch back to the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ after they failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia under head coach Dick Advocaat.

The Netherlands were runners-up at the 2010 World Cup and finished third in 2014 in Brazil but failed to qualify for Euro 2016 and this summer's World Cup.

Koeman played 78 times for his country between 1982 and 1994, scoring 14 goals and winning the European Championships in 1988.

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Koeman takes over a Netherlands team that is nearing the end of an era with winger Arjen Robben having retired a year ago, playmaker Wesley Sneijder approaching the end of his career, and all-time top scorer Robin van Persie now a substitute at Feyenoord.

He succeeds Dick Advocaat, who stepped down after the team's failure to reach this summer's finals in Russian Federation.

Koeman has made no secret of his desire to coach the Netherlands, and was disappointed not to have been appointed when Van Gaal left after the 2014 World Cup.

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".

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Koeman was previously Southampton manager and led the club to a sixth-placed finish in the EPL in his second season before leaving for Everton.

Koeman had guided Everton to seventh in his first season in charge.

He will need to tap into that young talent soon.

Koeman, 54, has been out of work since being sacked by Everton in October after a string of defeats saw the Toffees fall into the relegation zone.

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