Ronald Koeman appointed as Holland coach replacing Dick Advocaat

Koeman represented the Netherlands between 1982 and 1994

Netherlands have appointed former Everton and Southampton manager Ronald Koeman as their new head coach.

The KNVB have been looking for a new head coach since Dick Advocaat stepped down from the position in November after failing to reach the World Cup.

The 54-year-old's contract runs until after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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.

Hiddink was sacked in 2015 and replaced by Blind, who could not secure qualification for Euro 2016 and began the ultimately unsuccessful campaign to qualify for Russian Federation before making way for Advocaat.

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

"I'm really positive about the future of the national team - if not, I wouldn't take the job for the next two [years] and the next two after that". "I think the best is that players can handle different systems because we know we don't have the best players but that don't mean you cannot have the best team".

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The 54-year-old former global defender is the seventh coach in eight years for the Dutch team, who have missed out on the last two major championships.

But instead, the Royal Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) appointed another stalwart Guus Hiddink, who was then replaced by Danny Blind, followed by Advocaat - all in just over three-and-a-half years.

An attack-minded central defender, Koeman picked up 78 Dutch caps as a player between 1982-94, scoring 14 goals. We have a lot of good players and talented players.

He was also an assistant coach to Van Gaal.

He later transferred to Ajax, where he became known for his powerful right-foot.

His first match in charge of the national side will be against England on March 23.

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