Wednesday 29 January 2020

Koeman is ‘proud’ to take top Oranje job, sets sights on Euro 2020

A beaming Ronald Koeman on Tuesday. Photo: Maurice van Steenn/VI/HH

As expected, Ronald Koeman has been appointed new manager of the Dutch national football team.

‘I have never made a secret of my ambition to coach the Dutch national team at some point,’ Koeman said at Tuesday’s press conference. ‘It is a great challenge and a real honour to be Oranje’s coach in the coming years.’

Koeman was sacked three months ago by English club Everton and the Dutch football association KNVB has been searching for a new manager for Oranje since Dick Advocaat left in November. He was ditched after the Dutch failed to qualify for this year’s World Cup in Russia.

Koeman, a former Dutch international with 78 caps, was first tipped as a potential manager after the 2014 World Cup, in which Louis van Gaal led Oranje to second place.

The KNVB’s head of professional football Eric Gudde said in a statement that Koeman and Nico-Jan Hoogma, the new head of top level football, are ‘passionate, with plenty of foreign experience and are real team players.’ has been free for 13 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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