In Focus: Everton boss rules out taking Netherlands role; wants to continue project

According to reports on Voetbal International, via Football Oranje, Everton manager Ronald Koeman has ruled out taking the vacant job with the Netherlands national team.

What’s the word, then?

Well, following a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Bulgaria on Saturday – which has left Holland fourth in their 2018 World Cup qualifying group and in danger of missing out on their second successive tournament – manager Danny Blind was sacked.

With Koeman doing so well with Southampton last season and Everton this, it is natural that the Dutchman is said to be one of the frontrunners for the job.

However, the 54-year-old has dismissed those suggestions saying he is happy at Goodison Park, while seemingly also holding a grudge with the decision makers for giving the job to Guus Hiddink instead of him in 2014.

What’s Koeman said?

Koeman told Voetbal International: “Someone messaged me asking if I was available.

“What do you think? I replied. What more can I say? I am very comfortable with Everton on a great project where we have only just started.

“They had their chance. Now we are two coaches and a few assistants on. And look where we are with our football. ”

Harsh words indeed. So is there no going back?

It doesn’t look like it.

Maybe Koeman would change his mind in the future but right now he has made it clear that he isn’t interested in the vacant role while he has a project to work on at Goodison Park.

That’s positive news for Toffees fans, right?

Yes, it is.

With the uncertainty surrounding the futures of key stars Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley ahead of the summer transfer window, it will be a relief for Everton supporters that Koeman has committed his future to the Merseyside club for the time being – it could be a different story if Barcelona come calling.

They will hope that the news will help convince their stars that they should stay for at least one more season, and persuade potential new additions that the club is worth joining at the end of the campaign.