New Netherlands manager Danny Blind has revealed that he turned down a “fantastic offer” to become Louis van Gaal’s assistant at Manchester United.
Blind, father of United midfielder Daley, was number two to Van Gaal at the 2014 World Cup and the Red Devils boss attempted to set up a reunion at Old Trafford.
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But Blind had been promised the Holland job after Euro 2016 and did not want to walk away from that opportunity, which has come earlier than expected due to Guus Hiddink’s resignation.
Speaking to Algemeen Dagblad, Blind confirmed: “I had a fantastic offer from Manchester United.
“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.”
Netherlands are currently behind the Czech Republic and Iceland in Group A with four games of Euro 2016 qualifying remaining.