England provide first test as Ronald Koeman is announced as Netherlands manager

Ronald Koeman

BC-SOC-Netherlands-Koeman, 1st Ld-Writethru, 317Koeman appointed coach of struggling NetherlandsEds: Adds detailsRonald Koeman has taken charge of the struggling Netherlands team.

For a country with great worldwide pedigree-the Netherlands finished runners-up at the 2010 World Cup and in third place at Brazil 2014-Koeman will be eager to get them back to those great heights.

Tuesday's announcement marks Koeman's 10th managerial post since starting his coaching career at Vitesse in 2000, having already served as Hiddink's assistant with the Dutch national team at the 1998 World Cup.

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Koeman takes over from Dick Advocaat, who had been one in a raft of unsuccessful appointments for the Oranje since 2014. But the former defender said he is prepared to switch up the way his team plays to get results.

The Netherlands also missed out on UEFA EURO 2016 prior to Russian Federation 2018, so Koeman's task will also be to get the Dutch back to the continental finals, which will be held in 12 cities in 12 different host countries.

At the time, the Dutch Football Association opted for the experience of Guus Hiddink, a move that backfired as he failed to galvanize a squad Van Gaal helped to overachieve in Brazil.

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"If you know how I work with my teams, I am a coach who likes to change systems". He was sacked by Everton in October, two months into his second season in charge.

Koeman was previously Southampton manager and led the club to a sixth-placed finish in the EPL in his second season before leaving for Everton.

He will need to tap into that young talent soon.

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