Ronald Koeman keeps distance from Holland job

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Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has dismissed reports linking him with the Netherlands job.

The 52-year-old is being tipped to replace boss Danny Blind after their failure to qualify for the European Championships.

The Dutch FA have pledged their support for Blind, but Koeman has reassured Saints fans his future remains at St Mary's Stadium.


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He said: "I like to be the manager of Southampton, I like to stay, and I have after this season one year more, (so) there's no way, no possibility (I could leave)."

A 3-2 loss to the Czech Republic confirmed Holland will not be boarding a flight to France next year, making it 31 years since they last failed to qualify for the competition.

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Future Netherlands Manager?

Koeman still has two years to run on his current deal, but the former Ajax boss refused to rule out the possibility of him managing his nation one day.

"Maybe (I could be the Holland manager) in the future, but depending on a lot of things." He continued.

"The Dutch have to take the disappointment, and we have to learn and we have to give a reaction. And we have to change something - organisations, federations - we speak a lot about that. We don't have a football name on the board of the (KNVB) federation, it's crazy.

"But I'm happy in Southampton and we're doing well, and that's the most important thing."

He guided Southampton to ninth place in the Premier League last year and has established the club as a top side since taking over from Mauricio Pochettino in June 2014.

"I can tell everybody - I told it already - I'm happy at Southampton, I'm the coach of Southampton and next season I will be the coach at Southampton, and then in my last year of contract we will see what happens."

The Saints currently sit 9th in the Premier League and host Leicester City on Saturday.

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