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Friday 20 October 2017

Koeman: I won't desert Saints for Netherlands job

Ronald Koeman has pledged not to desert Southampton for the Holland job, despite former Netherlands team-mates tipping him to succeed under-fire Guus Hiddink.

Southampton boss Koeman claimed Holland missed their chance to install him as national manager when opting for Hiddink instead in March.

Former Holland great Ronald de Boer has led the clamour for Koeman to replace Hiddink as Holland boss, claiming the ex-Barcelona full-back was the right choice in March.

But Koeman vowed to see out his three-year contract at Southampton, especially after guiding Saints to third in the Premier League table to make September's manager of the month shortlist.

"I hope to stay here for my whole contract, but it's football," said Koeman, preparing for tomorrow's Premier League clash with Sunderland at St Mary's.

"There's certainly no chance to move now out of Southampton.

"I was interested in that job, because when I left Feyenoord I was nominated to be the national coach but the federation chose for Hiddink in that moment.

"But not now, I'm the coach and manager of Southampton and they have to wait if they want me as their coach.

DECISION

"Ronald de Boer said the same thing one year ago, because a lot of people in Holland were surprised about the final decision from the federation.

"People are now talking about the national team again because we had a poor start to the Europeans."

Hiddink has come under fire after Holland lost two of their three opening Euro 2016 qualifying matches.

Former Ajax, Barcelona and Rangers defender De Boer backed Koeman to take over, saying, "With all due respect for Hiddink, he's 67 years old. He's done, in my eyes.

"Koeman showed with Feyenoord he can really shape a team."

Koeman threw out any notion of leaving St Mary's however, claiming Holland's issues are "not my problem".

Saying he believes Holland missed their chance to install him as manager, Koeman said: "In my opinion yes."

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