After the 2022 World Cup, Ronald Koeman is expected to take over as head coach of the Netherlands national football team, succeeding Louis van Gaal.
Van Gaal, 70, confirmed on Sunday that he was undergoing treatment for prostate cancer.
Koeman previously captained Holland from 2018 to 2020, taking them to the first Nations League final and Euro 2020 after the Dutch had failed to qualify for the previous two major international competitions.
However, he left the position before the postponed Euros to coach Barcelona, but he was fired in October last year following a turbulent 14 months with the Spanish team.
When asked about his new position, the 59-year-old remarked, ‘I am very much looking forward, let us achieve new accomplishments together!’
‘I am excited about the new cooperation. I surely did not leave the Dutch national team unsatisfied around a year and a half ago. My stay felt wonderful, the results were excellent, and I got along well with the internationals. We want to stay on that road in the future.’
Koeman, one of the finest defenders of his period, has two European Cups and Euro 1988 with his nation, but he is most recognized in England for his tenure as manager of Southampton and Everton from 2014 to 2017.
Former Manchester United manager Van Gaal, who is in his third stint as manager of the Netherlands, guided his team to third place in the 2014 World Cup and will be looking to go all the way in Qatar later this year and deliver the trophy that has so frequently eluded Oranje.
‘I told him [Van Gaal] that we are absolutely going to be there for him as a squad whenever he needs it – and maybe we can also make it, for him, a World Cup to never forget,’ said Liverpool defender and Dutch captain Virgil van Dijk.
The Netherlands has been put in Group A for the tournament, along with hosts Qatar, Ecuador, and Senegal, and if things go their way, they may meet one of England, Wales, or Scotland in the Round of 16.