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Koeman takes himself out of the running for Holland job

| Monday, 27 March 2017  11 Comments  [Jump to last]
Ronald Koeman has reportedly told the Dutch football federation that he is not interested in becoming the nation's head coach following the sacking of Danny Blind.

Blind was dismissed this past weekend following the Netherlands' fifth World Cup qualifying game in nine without a win and Koeman's name has inevitably come up as an option to replace him.

Fox Sports report, however, that the Everton boss has made it known that he is committed to seeing through his contract with the Blues.

Original Source: Fox Sports Netherlands via Liverpool Echo  

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Charlie Lloyd
1 Posted 27/03/2017 at 20:14:01
Probably prefers the daily involvement of club football.

£6m a year helps too.

Nigel Munford
2 Posted 27/03/2017 at 20:32:45
I'm wondering what sort of payout Bobby 'brown shoes' will get when the Belgiums suss him out...

1-1 against the 10 men of Greece with the Premier League's top scorer in his side, not looking good.

Paul Hewitt
3 Posted 27/03/2017 at 22:10:22
I really think Koeman thinks he can get this club winning again.

I can only see him leaving for the Barcelona job.

Will Mabon
4 Posted 28/03/2017 at 06:29:00
Since Ron's seeing the need to quickly quash rumours now, I guess he'll swiftly dismiss any links with Barcelona or Arsenal next time they surface.
Drew O'Neall
5 Posted 28/03/2017 at 08:31:10
What he said.
Liam Reilly
6 Posted 28/03/2017 at 08:34:10
I'd imagine he sees the Dutch job well into his future, but he'll never dismiss Barcelona and why would he?

He's made no secret that's where he longs to be and I've no issue with that.

Erik Dols
7 Posted 28/03/2017 at 08:52:01
@Will (#4), Koeman has not quashed any rumours. The Dutch FA have leaked this "news". I doubt it the Dutch FA (KNVB) will do the same about Koeman's links with Barcelona or Arsenal.

Having said that, some insight from the continent. The KNVB is in big turmoil for years now. Koeman was in pole position to become the manager of the national team back in 2014, was promised the position by the director of the KNVB, only to be put aside in favour of Hiddink (who was sacked in a years time). If only for that reason, I don't think Koeman is very keen to leave his job for the national team. He would do it if out of work but not as long as he is happy at a club.

With the KNVB changing directors more often than Lukaku speaks about his future, it looks like the Dutch national team will be in for a ride downhill in the coming years.

Stan Schofield
8 Posted 28/03/2017 at 10:30:02
There's a significant and classic problem with the headline. It says, 'Koeman takes himself out of the running for Holland job'. It should say 'Koeman reported to have taken himself out of the running for Holland job'. See the difference?

There's a difference between something reported to have occurred and it actually having occurred, but this difference if too often missed by readers. That's why press reports lead to invalid conclusions being made about situations, the reports being interpreted improperly in the absence of proper evidence. A classic mistake of the media (sometimes inadvertent, but at other times deliberate to create controversy), allied with a classic mistake of readers.

Erik Dols
9 Posted 28/03/2017 at 17:23:53
The man himself has spoken to Dutch press Link (in Dutch). The reporter states that he heard Koeman said he is not interested in the job. Koeman denies this, claims that someone asked him whether he was available and that he answered "what do you think?". He adds that there is little to say about it and that he loves working at Everton and believes in the project they started.

He adds that the board of the Dutch FA had their chance a couple of years ago. In the context I do not read that as a claim about being available or being not available, but as a way to get revenge at the board that denied him the opportunity.

A lot of words in which he says very little. And like Ron implies, I think there is little to be said that would do any good.

Soren Moyer
10 Posted 28/03/2017 at 21:03:42
He won't leave a £6m a year job for an inferior salary. Would you?
Will Mabon
11 Posted 29/03/2017 at 01:50:44
Erik, I was being facetious. Hard to know who said what half the time, anyway.

I remember hearing about the promise/offer of the national job to Koeman at the time. Sad to see the demise of Holland, who've been massive for a long time as a relatively small country. If it gets 10 times worse, they'll be a rival for England.

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