Danny Blind: I turned down coaching role at Manchester United
Holland manager Danny Blind has claimed he rejected the chance to work alongside Louis van Gaal at Manchester United last season in order to remain with the Dutch squad.
Blind, the father of United midfielder Daley, has succeeded Guus Hiddink as Holland coach following the resignation of the former Chelsea manager earlier this week.
The former Ajax captain worked closely with Van Gaal during Holland’s run to the World Cup semi-finals last summer, however, and he has revealed that the United manager offered him the chance to join his backroom team at Old Trafford.
“I had a fantastic offer from Manchester United,” Blind 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 becoming manager of your country?”
Blind takes charge of Holland with the Dutch struggling to qualify for Euro 2016, with the team currently sitting in third position in their group.
But the 53-year-old insists that he can still guide the Dutch to France 2016 with the players available to him.
“Do I feel confident about qualifying?” Blind said. “We know what we have to do: win four matches, starting with Iceland on September 3.
“We can’t afford to lose any more games. But with our quality we are more than able to do it.
“And in September we will hopefully have some ‘new’ players, with Arjen Robben coming back to fitness and maybe Kevin Strootman.
“Euro 2016 is our only goal. I don’t look further forward than that and I don’t look back.
“I can’t say what I want to change yet. These are things I want to discuss with my staff and the important players first.”