Henk ten Cate has revealed to De Telegraaf that he was offered the role as Netherlands head coach on Monday but decided to turn the job down.

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The race to replace Danny Blind appeared to be between Ten Cate and Fenerbahce boss Dick Advocaat, with several outlets reporting that the latter was favourite.

However, in a shock twist, Ten Cate has revealed to De Telegraaf that Hans van Breukelen promised him the job but in the end he turned it down due to a lack of support from within the KNVB.

Ten Cate said, “I was promised the job on Monday. But in the end I decided not to do that.

“If you accept such a responsible job, to me the most honorable in Dutch football, it is essential that the organisation is behind it, or it will not succeed. ”

Van Breukelen stated on Tuesday that he was hoping to present a new head coach by the end of the week and its looking more and more likely that it will be Advocaat returning for a third stint in charge.

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