By Mukwuzi Joseph
Former Barcelona and Everton manager Ronald Koeman will return to the Netherlands national team dugout when Louis van Gaal steps down from the role after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) confirmed on Wednesday.
Van Gaal, who has long made it clear he will leave after the World Cup later this year, said last week he was receiving treatment for an aggressive form of prostate cancer.
Koeman helped the Netherlands reach the Euro 2020 finals after they had missed the previous tournament and the 2018 World Cup, and also to the final of the Nations League, where they lost 1-0 to Portugal.
The Dutchman left for what he described as ”his dream job” at Barcelona in August 2020 but was sacked by the Catalan side in October last year.