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Ronald Koeman has been appointed Holland coach on a four-and-a-half year contract.

The former Barcelona defender has been out of work since he was sacked by Everton back in October.
He has signed a deal until 2022.

He is now to return to the dugout after landing the Holland job following Dick Advocaat’s departure.


Advocaat left the post following Holland’s failed qualifying campaign for this summer’s World Cup, where they could only finish third in Group A behind France and Sweden.


Former Hamburg defender Nico-Jan Hoogma has been named as his assistant.
He had been working as general manager of Heracles Almelo.

A statement read: “The KNVB has reached agreement with Ronald Koeman (54) about the appointment as national coach of the Dutch national team.
“Koeman has just signed a contract that connects him to Orange with immediate effect up to and including the World Cup 2022.
Nico-Jan Hoogma has also entered into a contract with the football association.

“Thanks to the cooperation of Heracles Almelo, where 49-year-old Hoogma has been working as general manager since 1 January 2007, he will be working as a director of top football in Zeist on 1 March.

“His contract runs until 1 July 2022.”

As a player, Koeman was part of the great Dutch team that won Euro 88, starring alongside the likes of Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard and Marco van Basten.

Koeman also represented the likes of Barcelona, Ajax and PSV at club level during a glittering career that saw him win the European Cup twice among a host of other titles in Spain and Holland.

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