Guus Hiddink has stated that Feyenoord coach Ronald Koeman is not an option to be his assistant when he takes over as Netherlands coach.

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koeman 2Hiddink is set to replace Louis van Gaal as national team boss after next summers World Cup in Brazil after an agreement was seemingly reached last week.

The KNVB had hoped Ronald Koeman would act as Hiddink’s assistant with one eye of taking over from Hiddink after Euro 2016.

However Hiddink has rubbished claims that Koeman could be his assistant once again, stating he is too far in his coaching career to drop to be a number two.

He told Volskrant, “Ronald Koeman to me has never been an option as an assistant. That’s what I told him this week.”

“His days of being an assistant coach are long gone.”

Koeman was assistant to Hiddink at the 1998 World Cup, going on to manage the likes of Benfica, Valencia, PSV, Ajax, and is currently challenging for the Eredivisie title with Feyenoord. The 50-year-old is rumoured to be leaving De Kuip in the summer, and had been prime candidate to become national team boss until Hiddink expressed interest.

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