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The Netherlands have officially announced the appointment of Ronald Koeman as their new manager.

Netherlands have been without a head coach since Dick Advocaat stepped down previous year after failing to qualify for this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.

Koeman signed a contract on Tuesday to coach the Netherlands up to and including the 2022 World Cup.

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.

Advocaat stepped down from the role after failing to guide Holland to Russian Federation, in what was his third spell in charge of the national team.

It was a massive humiliation for the football-mad Dutch, causing much soul-searching, and an added blow to national pride after the team also missed Euro 2016.

Since finishing third at the 2014 World Cup under Louis van Gaal, the Netherlands have endured a rocky few years.


He admitted to reporters that "expectations are high" especially after two big defeats, "but we still have good players, and we have still a lot of talent".

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

The 54-year-old, who has been out of work since leaving Everton earlier in the season, has previously coached Vitesse, Ajax, Benfica, PSV, Valencia, AZ Alkmaar, Feyenoord and Southampton.

He was also an assistant coach to Van Gaal.

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.

During his playing career, Koeman made 78 appearances for the Dutch national side.


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