Ronald Koeman has agreed on a three-year deal to take over as Netherlands head coach from 2023. The former Premier League manager has been without a job since being sacked by Barcelona this season. This will be the second time he will be holding the post after helping the team qualify for Euro 2020. He will succeed Louis van Gaal who revealed earlier this week that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

“I am looking forward to the new collaboration. A little over a year and a half ago, I certainly did not leave the Dutch national team out of dissatisfaction,” Ronald Koeman said after signing a three-year contract to become the next head coach of the Netherlands. “My stay felt good, the results were good and the click with the internationals was good. We will soon continue on that path. That is certain for me. Proud to share I will be the manager of the Netherlands’ national team again after the WC. I am very much looking forward, let’s reach new successes together!”

“After the upcoming World Cup, Ronald Koeman will take over from Louis van Gaal as national coach,” The Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) added in a statement. “His contract for this with the KNVB will run until the World Cup in 2026 and has now been signed by both parties.”

“They don’t know. They see a blush on my cheeks and think, ‘what a healthy (person) that is. That is of course not the case,” Louis van Gaal said. He added: “I’ve been through a lot with illnesses, including with my own wife. So that’s just part of life. (I) as human beings have probably become richer because of all those experiences. I thought that should also be in the film.”

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