Holland assistant manager Danny Blind has revealed he rejected the offer of a coaching role at Manchester United during the summer, opting instead to renew his contract with the Dutch national team.
The 53-year-old - who was Louis van Gaal's right hand man at the World Cup - was presented with an opportunity to follow the new Red Devils boss to Old Trafford after the tournament, but chose to stay on with the KNVB working as No.2 to Guus Hiddink.
Blind played an instrumental role in the Netherlands' run to the semi-finals in Brazil, and it was thought that Van Gaal was eager to take the former Ajax technical director with him to the Premier League.
The Dutchman thought long and hard about the decision, and insists he made the right choice, despite admitting the temptation to join an illustrious club like Manchester United.
"Did I like that [offer from Old Trafford]? Yes, it was a tough decision," Blind was quoted saying by Dutch publication Telesport. "Manchester United are a great club, just look around you.
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"It's true that I could have been here. But the KNVB (Dutch FA) also made me a nice offer and I finally decided."
Blind was present at Old Trafford for Manchester United's 1-1 draw with leaders Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday, tasked with keeping an eye on a couple of the Oranje national team players.
Of course, one of those players in question was Danny's 24-year-old son Daley, who joined Manchester United from Ajax in a £13.8 million deal towards the end of the summer transfer window.
Father and son
The midfielder has been an ever present since linking up with Van Gaal in England, playing every single minute of Premier League action at the heart of the Red Devils team.
He scored his first goal in last weekend's 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion, and has arguably been the most impressive of Manchester United's six summer signings to arrive at the club in 2014/15.
It would've been interesting to see how the father-son relationship worked had Blind senior accepted the role on offer at Old Trafford in pre-season, although it's unlikely that there would've been any problems having worked together in close proximity at the World Cup, and continuing to do so at international level.
With Ryan Giggs already inheriting the assistant manager's job under Van Gaal - following his temporary stint in interim charge of the first-team last season - the fact that Danny Blind would've been forced to take a different role in the backroom team is a more likely reason behind his rejection.News Now - Sport News