Despite receiving offers, Mark van Bommel believes he has to develop as a coach before he can accept his first role as a manager.

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van bommel sksksThe former Netherlands midfield great retired in 2013 and has spent the last few years earning his coaching badges. The 38-year-old is currently an assistant to Bert van Maarwijk with the Saudi Arabian national team.

When asked by FIFA.com when he would take his first head coach role, Van Bommel responded, “I’ve received a few offers, but first I need to develop as a coach. If I think back to the first few training sessions I led and compare them with where I’m at now, the difference has been very positive.”

Van Bommel was then asked about Netherlands failure to reach EURO 2016, and the former PSV and Bayern Munich star stated his belief that the current squad just isn’t good enough.

He said, “It’s obviously not a good situation. If you can’t finish third in a group with Iceland, Turkey and the Czech Republic, then you can’t go saying it’s because we have a young team or we need time to develop. In the Netherlands, you don’t have time on your side – you simply have to qualify every time. Normally we produce teams good enough to do that, but this squad isn’t as strong as squads that we’ve had for previous tournaments and qualifying campaigns.”




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