Monday 17 December 2018

Ronald Koeman reveals he has already turned down chances to return to the game

Ronald Koeman. Photo: REUTERS
Ronald Koeman. Photo: REUTERS
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Ronald Koeman has admitted he is not ready to return to management, even though he has already rejected offers to jump straight back into a Premier League job following his sacking by Everton.

Koeman concedes he was stunned by his rapid fall from grace at Goodison Park and needs time to recover from the shock of his sacking after a poor start to the season.

After guiding Everton into Europe last season, the Merseyside invested heavily in new signings last summer and yet results would not come for Koeman.

Now the Dutchman has revealed his anguish at the decision, as he admits he needs to take a break from the game before considering a return.

"When the results are below all ­expectations, you know as a manager that people can make decisions about you and yet, it still hit me like a bolt out the blue," he told the Mirror.

"I had started something at Everton and I really wanted to finish it in a good way. This is why my disappointment is bigger than ever before. I have to be realistic and I am not moaning about it.

"This is the reason why I’ve not taken any of the offers. The offers were there immediately after leaving Everton."

Koeman has been linked with moves to West Ham and West Bromwich Albion in recent weeks, but it is clear that he is not ready to resume his managerial career.

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