Current Everton manager Ronald Koeman spoke to the NOS’s Joep Schreuder about the current state of Dutch national team and confirmed that he had told Hans van Breukelen that he was not available to replace Danny Blind. 

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When Blind was sacked as national team boss, Koeman’s name was immediately put forward as a possible replacement. However, despite it being a dream of Koeman’s to take charge of Netherlands he remains committed to Everton.

Koeman told NOS, ”The current situation regarding the Dutch national team is not nice. You have to go back to after the World Cup 2014 in Brazil and things have not improved and they are now trying to rectify things and that is not going well and there is also a lack of clarity in terms of finding a successor.

”There is too much information that has been released and you must keep some information behind closed doors. It is also logical when an association is looking for a new manager that there are more candidates to assess.

”I believe that the choice to hire Dick Advocaat would be a good decision in terms of finishing the World Cup 2018 qualifying campaign and then after that, they could look at who is the most appropriate candidate.

”I have after this season another two seasons here at Everton so it is impossible for me to become manager of the Dutch national team.

”I spoke to Hans van Breukelen on the phone and he inquired if I would be available to become national team manager and I am not. It is not possible due to my contract with Everton.”

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