Former Everton and Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has been appointed as the new Netherlands national team coach up until 2022.
Koeman will take charge of the national squad against England on 23 March as the country hopes to compete at the Qatar World Cup having failed to qualify for Russia 2018.
A statement by the Dutch FA on Tuesday read: “The KNVB has reached an agreement with Ronald Koeman over his appointment as the Dutch national team coach. Koeman has just signed a contract that ties him to Oranje with immediate effect up to and including the 2022 World Cup.”
Koeman, who has been out of work since being sacked at Goodison Park in October, succeeds Dick Advocaat, who stepped down last year after failing to lead the Netherlands to the World Cup in Russia this year.
“I’m really positive about the future of the team,” Koeman said in a press conference. “We have enough talent but we have to change some things, which I will talk about at a later stage.”
“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.”
This will be 54-year-old Koeman’s 10th managerial post after spells in charge of Vitesse Arnhem, Ajax, Benfica, PSV Eindhoven, Valencia, AZ Alkmaar, Feyenoord, Southampton and Everton, where he was sacked in October after guiding them to seventh in his only full season in charge.
However, his status as a Dutch legend himself could help his tenure after winning 78 caps and won the European Championship in 1988 as a player for the team.
He also saw success in the Premier League as he led Southampton to finishes at sixth and seventh in the Premier League in his two years in charge at St Mary’s.