Ronald Koeman "proud" to take on Holland coaching post

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Dutch former star player Ronald Koeman was Tuesday appointed coach of the national team, given the Herculean task of restoring the country's pride after a series of humiliating defeats.

He replaces Dick Advocaat, who oversaw the country's unsuccessful World Cup qualification campaign for Russian Federation this summer.

For a country with great global 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.

Koeman, who won 78 caps and scored 14 goals as a player between 1982-94, has previous experience coaching the Netherlands, having served as Hiddink's assistant with the Dutch national team at the 1998 World Cup.

Former Everton manager Koeman has been out of a job since he was dismissed by the Premier League club back in October.

"I'm a coach who likes to change systems", he said.

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We honestly wish them the best.

The 54-year-old, who has been out of work since leaving Everton earlier in the season, has previously coached Vitesse, Ajax, Benfica, PSV, Valencia, AZ Alkmaar, Feyenoord and Southampton. In his first season he led the team to seventh in the Premier League.

Guus Hiddink and Danny Blind held the position before Advocaat during a hard period, in which they failed to qualify for Euro 2016 or this year's tournament in Russian Federation.

He will need to tap into that young talent soon.

But a tough baptism awaits, with friendlies lined up against two teams heading to the World Cup: England on 23 March in Amsterdam, and Portugal three days later.

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