Koeman speaks on appointment as Netherlands coach

Posted on Feb 7 2018 - 2:43am by admin

Ronald Koeman has been appointed as coach of the Netherlands national team.

The 54-year-old former international defender is the seventh coach in eight years for the Dutch team who were runners-up at the 2010 World Cup and finished third in Brazil four years later but failed to qualify for the 2018 finals in Russia.

They also missed out on the European Championships in France in 2016.

He will be expected to help the Dutch qualify for Euro 2020 and the World Cup in Qatar 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.

“I‘m really positive about the future of the team as we have enough talent but we have to change some things, which I will talk about at a later stage,” Reuters quoted him as saying at a news conference on Tuesday.

“I think the Netherlands should and must be qualifying for major finals and I see a bright future in that regard. That’s why I’ve taken the job.”

“We need a system to get the best out of our players and to get an advantage over our opponents. The 4-3-3 system is the base in my head but it does not mean we will be playing like that against England”.

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

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