Former Ajax and Barcelona midfielder Ronald de Boer has claimed that Southampton manager Ronald Koeman wanted to become the Netherlands national team coach in the summer.
The 44-year-old made the revelations following the Oranje’s shock 2-0 defeat to Iceland away from home in the Euro 2016 Group A qualifier on Monday.
It was the Netherlands’ second defeat in three qualifying matches and left De Boer frustrated with coach Guus Hiddink’s tactics.
Former Netherlands international De Boer was hugely critical of the ex-Chelsea manager, and stated that Koeman should have been given the job following the departure of Louis van Gaal after the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil in the summer.
‘I think Guus Hiddink doesn't really have a game plan in my eyes’, the 44-year-old told Sky Sports, according to Goal.com. ‘He doesn't show the guys: this is the way we want to go...
‘Koeman was ready to take over, he was really outspoken, he really wanted to take the job. With all due respect for Hiddink, he's 67 years old, I think he's done, in my eyes...
‘With Koeman he showed with Feyenoord he can really shape [a team] and also he knows the mentality of those young boys. Guus is more of a people manager with an arm around them. But those guys need guidance’.
Koeman was in charge of Feyenoord between 2011 and 2014, and led them to two second-placed and one-third placed finishes in the Eredivisie.
The Dutchman was appointed the Southampton manager in the summer, and so far he has done a truly brilliant job at St. Mary’s Stadium.
Heading into this weekend’s round of matches in the Premier League, the Saints find themselves third in the league table with 13 points from seven matches.