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Netherlands boss Danny Blind rejected 'fantastic' Man United coaching offer

ESPN FC's Janusz Michallik contends that Danny Blind will have success managing the Netherlands.
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New Netherlands coach Danny Blind said he turned down a "fantastic offer" to be part of Louis van Gaal's backroom staff at Manchester United last year.

Blind was confirmed as the new Oranje boss on Wednesday until 2018 after replacing Guus Hiddink, who left his post on Monday.

But the 54-year-old, who had been Hiddink's assistant and filled the same role for Van Gaal as the Dutch finished third in the 2014 World Cup, revealed he was wanted at Old Trafford last summer.

Blind, who had captained Van...

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Danny Blind appointed Netherlands manager, replacing Guus Hiddink

ESPN FC's Janusz Michallik contends that Danny Blind will have success managing the Netherlands.

Danny Blind has been named the new manager of Netherlands, replacing Guus Hiddink.

Hiddink took over after Louis van Gaal led Netherlands to third place at last summer's World Cup, but the country have had a poor qualifying campaign for Euro 2016 -- winning just four games in 10 matches, drawing once and losing five times so far -- and the former Chelsea boss resigned earlier this week.

Guus Hiddink out as Netherlands coach, KNVB announces

ESPN FC's Ross Dyer and Paul Mariner react to the reports that Netherlands coach Gus Hiddink is set to step down this week.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- The Dutch football federation (KNVB) terminated the contract of national team coach Guus Hiddink on Monday, ending his second stint in charge after just one disappointing season.

The KNVB said that Hiddink's contract will now end on Wednesday. It had been set to last through to next year's European Championship.

Hiddink took over after Louis van Gaal led the Netherlands to third place at last year's World Cup, but the Netherlands have had a poor qualifying campaign for Euro...

Sunderland bid for Netherlands forward Jeremain Lens, sources say

Jeremain Lens could be making a move to the Premier League with Sunderland next season.

Sunderland have made a bid for Netherlands international forward Jeremain Lens as Dick Advocaat looks to bring his fellow Dutchman to the Stadium of Light from Dynamo Kiev, sources told ESPN FC.

Advocaat is keen to bolster his attacking options this summer as he is keen to avoid a repeat of last season's struggles when Sunderland narrowly avoided relegation.

Sunderland struggled for goals last season with midfielder Jordi Gomez and striker Connor Wickham finishing as the club's joint top scorers...

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Rafael van der Vaart signs 3-year deal with Real Betis in Spain

Rafael van der Vaart will play in Spain next season with Real Betis.

Netherlands international Rafael van der Vaart has signed a three-year deal with Real Betis, the newly promoted Spanish club announced on Monday night.

Van der Vaart spent the past three seasons in a second stint at Hamburg, who last month barely escaped relegation after a playoff for the second straight season.

The move comes on the same day he was voted as the biggest disappointment of the Bundesliga season by his fellow professionals.

The 32-year-old has 109 caps for Netherlands, appearing...