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Koeman still wants Netherlands job

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 13 Nov 2016

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Everton manager Ronald Koeman still aims to become Netherlands coach at some stage in his career.

The 53-year-old was widely regarded as the favourite to replace Louis van Gaal after the 2014 World Cup, but the Dutch football association eventually opted to appoint Guus Hiddink
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instead, who in turn made way for Danny Blind in 2015 following an underwhelming start.

Koeman left Southampton to take charge of Everton ahead of the 2016-17 campaign, signing a three-year deal at Goodison Park, but still has designs on the top job in his homeland.

“Coaching Netherlands remains one of my ambitions,” Koeman told Fox Sports.

“But I think every coach would like that. If I get the chance to coach Netherlands, I would like to take that chance.

“I was keen to take the job in 2014 after my time with Feyenoord and I felt the time was right. They went for Hiddink instead and will have had their reasons for it. Time has shown that was not the best choice.

“But I do not hold a grudge against anyone over it. I would not turn down the job because of what happened in 2014. This is all in the past now.

“Becoming Netherlands coach could be a nice end to my career.”

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