Koeman says he would turn down an offer to be Netherlands coach


Ronald Koeman insists he has no interest in becoming Holland’s next manager and remains committed to Southampton. Oranje coach Danny Blind is under intense pressure as a consequence of his team’s failure to qualify for Euro 2016 but Koeman, once an iconic Netherlands international who has repeatedly been linked with the job, is adamant that even if it was offered to him he would choose to remain in the Premier League:

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“I’m manager of Southampton. I like to be the manager of Southampton, I like to stay, and I have after this season one year more, (so) there’s no way, no possibility (I could leave).

“Maybe (I could be the Holland manager) in the future, but depending on a lot of things.

“The Dutch have to take the disappointment, and we have to learn and we have to give a reaction.

“And we have to change something — organizations, federations — we speak a lot about that.

“We don’t have a football name on the board of the (KNVB) federation, it’s crazy.

“But I’m happy in Southampton and we’re doing well, and that’s the most important thing.

“I can tell everybody – I told it already – I’m happy at Southampton, I’m the coach of Southampton and next season I will be the coach at Southampton, and then in my last year of contract we will see what happens.”

Koeman’s disappointment in Holland’s fortunes, which have dramatically declined since reaching the final four of the 2014 World Cup, will be shared by his compatriots Jordy Clasie, Virgil van Dijk and Maarten Stekelenburg.

The former could on Saturday make his first Premier League appearance, at home against Leicester, but Koeman will be without Shane Long, who he revealed injured his ankle ligaments while on international duty with the Republic Ireland and will therefore miss the next two to four weeks.

“I hope (Clasie will play) this Saturday,” Koeman said.

“It’s important for him to be 100 per cent physically. If he’s okay he brings cleverness to the team, in his passing, in his pressing, that we need.

“I don’t think he’s ready for 90 minutes but he needs game time to be an important player for us.”

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