Newly appointed Netherlands international head coach Danny Blind - father of Manchester United's Daley Blind - has revealed to Algemeen Dagblad that the Red Devils made him a 'fantastic offer' to join Louis van Gaal's backroom staff.
Following a disappointing Euro 2016 qualification campaign under the Dutchman's predecessor, Guus Hiddink, Blind has taken over as Oranje chief, and will be looking to guide the country to the competition in France next summer.
However, speaking to Algemeen Dagblad, Blind revealed that he was once made a “fantastic offer” by the Old Trafford outfit. He said: "There were talks about United and Van Gaal, a couple of times last year. But I rejected that. If you have ambition, what is more beautiful than to become manager of your country?"
The new Netherlands boss says he declined the chance to reunite with his illustrious countryman, as well as his son Daley, at Old Trafford last year because he had managerial dreams of his own – dreams he will now have the chance to fulfil.
Now in charge of the famous Netherlands national side, Blind will have a quick rebuilding job to do. With the Oranje five points behind leaders Iceland and three adrift of the Czech Republic in Group A, Hiddink has left his successor with plenty to put right.