BC-SOC-Netherlands-Koeman, 103URGENTDutch FA appoints Ronald Koeman as new Netherlands coachEds: APNewsNow.
The appointment of the ex-Netherlands worldwide was announced by the country's football association (KNVB) on Tuesday.
Koeman, 54, has signed a four-and-a-half year deal leading up to the 2022 World Cup.
The KNVB have also appointed Nico-Jan Hoogma, who was general manager at Eredivisie side Heracles Almelo, as director of football.
"I'm really positive about the future of the team as we have enough talent but we have to change some things, which I will talk about at a later stage", he said at a news conference after being named to the job by the Dutch football association (KNVB) on Tuesday.
"We know we don't have the best players, but that doesn't mean that you cannot have the best team", he added.
Hiddink was sacked in 2015 and replaced by Blind, who could not secure qualification for Euro 2016 and began the ultimately unsuccessful campaign to qualify for Russian Federation before making way for Advocaat.
Koeman said he will work players harder on the training pitch.
As a player, Koeman wore Oranje 78 times, but he is now tasked with guiding Netherlands to Euro 2020 and then the World Cup.
Koeman said he would not be bound by the long-standing Dutch dogma of playing a 4-3-3 system.
In between, he played as part of the so-called "Dream Team" at Barcelona from 1990-1995 scoring the winning goal in the 1992 Champions League final.