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Former Barca Star Appointed Netherlands Manager

Former FC Barcelona Star Appointed Netherlands Manager

By Keegan Kruger - Feb 07, 2018 09:30 AM @KeeganKruger

After failing to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, the Netherlands have appointed a former FC Barcelona star to lead them to the 2022 showpiece in Qatar.

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On Tuesday, the KNVB announced former Everton and Southampton manager Ronald Koeman as the new head coach of the Dutch national team on a four and a half year deal.

The 54-year-old will become the Netherlands' fourth boss since Louis van Gaal stepped down after leading the country to a third-place finish at the 2014 World Cup.

"The KNVB has reached an agreement with Ronald Koeman about the appointment as national coach of the Dutch national team," a statement from the KNVB read.

"Koeman has just signed a contract that connects him to Orange with immediate effect up to and including the World Cup 2022."

The former Netherlands captain also had a brief chat with members of the media, and revealed why he decided to take the job.

"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," Koeman said.

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Koeman was capped 78 times as a player by his country, and won the European Championship in 1988.

Do you think the former Barcelona star is the right man to take the Netherlands back to the glory days? Have your say in the comments section below. 


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