The Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) on Wednesday confirmed that Ronald Koeman will take over from Louis van Gaal after the World Cup in Qatar as the latter is set to step down after the tournament.
Van Gaal recently revealed that he has been receiving treatment for an aggressive form of prostrate cancer.
Koeman helped the Netherlands reach Euro 2020 finals after failing to participate in EURO 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup and also losing the Nations League finals 1 – 0 to Portugal.
Koeman joined Barcelona in August 2020, but was sacked in October 2021 following a rapid decline in the team’s form.
“I’m looking forward to the new collaboration,” Koeman told the KNVB website. “”A little over a year and a half ago, I certainly did not leave the Dutch national team out of dissatisfaction.
“”My stay felt good, the results were good, and the relationship with the players was good. We will soon continue on that path. That is certain for me.””
Marianne van Leeuwen, director of professional football at KNVB, said:
“”We are very happy that Ronald will return next year. During his previous term as national coach, there was great satisfaction with his work and the results””