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Koeman again linked to Netherlands job

The Oranje have failed to qualify for Euro 2016, and speculation is rife that the Saints boss is first choice if Danny Blind leaves his post

Ronald Koeman, front, watches his Saints team from the bench with his brother, Erwin.
Ronald Koeman, front, watches his Saints team from the bench with his brother, Erwin.
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Southampton boss Ronald Koeman is once again being linked with the Netherlands head coach job after their dismal Euro 2016 qualifying campaign ended in failure.

The Dutch team had a slim chance of making the playoffs for the European Championships in France next year, but dismally fell to a 3-2 defeat to the Czech Republic in Amsterdam last night, whilst Turkey made sure they grabbed the last playoff spot with a 1-0 win over Iceland.

It has left Danny Blind with huge speculation that he could lose his job despite only being in charge for four games after Guus Hiddink, who replaced Louis Van Gaal after he guided the Netherlands to third place in the 2014 World Cup, resigned after poor results.

The Daily Mail have reported that Southampton are bracing themselves for an approach from the Dutch FA (KNVB) for Koeman, who has become a real fans favourite for the work he has done at St Marys since his appointment in June 2014.

What could help Saints' cause is the insistence from the Dutch legend that he will see out his three-year contract on the South Coast, which expires at the end of next season, and a feeling by Koeman that he was disrespected by the KNVB.

The KNVB did approach the former Feyenoord boss as part of a plan that would start Koeman as Guus Hiddink's assistant manager and step into his role after Euro 2016, much like Danny Blind has done.

But Koeman has reportedly felt that he was ready to be the head coach after his adversary Van Gaal anyway, rejecting the offer and subsequently joined Saints in the summer of 2014.

Yet if there is any fall-out from the miserable qualifying campaign, there could be a shakeup within the KNVB that could see fresh faces who had not burned bridges with Koeman himself.

The KNVB themselves have come out and said that Blind will keep his job despite his failure to take the Oranje to Euro 2016, but, if poor results continue, may find himself out of a job rather more suddenly than previously thought and could pave the way to Koeman taking over two years later than he may have thought himself.