Koeman to succeed Van Gaal as Netherlands boss

Ronald Koeman is to return as Netherlands coach when Louis van Gaal leaves the function after the World Cup in Qatar.

Van Gaal, who has lengthy made it clear he’ll depart after the World Cup later this 12 months, mentioned final week he was receiving therapy for an aggressive type of prostate most cancers.

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Koeman had a profitable two-and-a-half-year spell as nationwide crew coach earlier than leaving to affix Barcelona in 2020 and whereas the Royal Dutch Soccer Affiliation have introduced Van Gaal gave him his backing.

“They consulted me, I’ve a say in that,” Van Gaal advised De Telegraaf. “It’s not that tough. A 12 months in the past, I used to be the one coach obtainable who had expertise, that now applies to Koeman. He could be a superb successor.”

Koeman added, in a press release from the KNVB: “I’m wanting ahead to the brand new collaboration. A little bit over a 12 months and a half in the past I actually didn’t depart the Dutch nationwide crew out of dissatisfaction.

“My keep felt good, the outcomes had been good and the press with the internationals was good. We are going to quickly proceed on that path. That’s sure for me.”

Koeman helped Netherlands attain the Euro 2020 finals after that they had missed the earlier event and the 2018 World Cup, and likewise to the ultimate of the Nations League, the place they misplaced 1-0 to Portugal.

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He left for what he described as his “dream job” at Barcelona in August 2020, having spent a massively profitable six years on the Camp Nou as a participant.

He was sacked by Barca in October final 12 months.