Koeman appointed coach of struggling Netherlands

Published 10:50 a.m. ET Feb. 6, 2018

ZEIST, Netherlands (AP) — Ronald Koeman took charge of the struggling Netherlands team on Tuesday. He was contracted to the 2022 World Cup.

Koeman replaced Dick Advocaat, who was appointed as a stop-gap measure in June after Danny Blind was fired.

The Netherlands failed to qualify for the upcoming World Cup in Russia and 2016 European Championship after reaching the semifinals of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The 54-year-old Koeman had been coaching in the English Premier League for the last three years; Southampton then Everton.

He played 78 internationals for the Netherlands and was part of the team’s only major title, the 1988 European Championship.

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

At the time, the Dutch Football Association opted for the experience of Guus Hiddink, a move that backfired as he failed to galvanize a squad Van Gaal helped to overachieve in Brazil.

Hiddink was fired in 2015 and replaced by Blind, who could not secure qualification for Euro 2016 and began the ultimately unsuccessful…

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