Ronald Koeman spoke to the NOS’s Joep Schreuder in one of his first interviews since being relieved of his duties at Everton.

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Koeman said he plans to distance himself from football in the short term and that once he decides to return to management, he has no preference as to managing a club or the Dutch national team. He has been heavily linked to Oranje as the possible replacement for Dick Advocaat.

He said, ”I have not yet fully digested the events at Everton FC. It was not what we expected from the season. But these things happen in football.

”I am not bitter about losing my job at Everton FC. It’s is disappointing but on the other hand it means that I can do the things that I have missed in the last three and a half years whilst working in England such as family and being back in the Netherlands. I plan to take my time.

”I am not going to speak about becoming the new Dutch national team manager because I believe from my agent that not everything is finalized with Everton FC. So therefore I cannot talk about my future.

”I believe that someone has to come into the KNVB to help with training the managers and make that as strong as possible. That is where everything starts and the Dutch national team is the culmination of that hard work.

”I plan to take my time. How long I will be outside of football I do not know because that depends on many things. But I feel that now is the right time to distance myself from football.

”I have no preference in terms of managing a club or a national team that depends on the possibilities.”

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