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Rijkaard not keen on Dutch job

Netherlands looking for new coach

ESPN staff

Van Marwijk did not impress in Poland/Ukraine© PA Photos

Frank Rijkaard’s agent has played down speculation linking him with the vacant Netherlands job after Bert van Marwijk stepped down.

Van Marwijk quit on Wednesday night having seen his side knocked out at the group stage of Euro 2012 without earning a single point.

Rijkaard has jumped to the top of the shortlist to replace him along with other candidates such as Ronald Koeman, Ruud Gullit, Frank de Boer, Louis van Gaal and Co Adriaanse. But agent Perry Overeem has stated Rijkaard remains dedicated to his head coach duties at Saudi Arabia, who were knocked out of the 2014 World Cup qualifying stages in round three.

"Frank's contract runs until the end of 2013,'' Overeem told AD. "Saudi Arabia can no longer qualify for the World Cup of 2014, but there is more to do.''

Rijkaard began his coaching career with Netherlands in 1998, working as an assistant to Guus Hiddink, and helped guide the side to the semi-finals of Euro 2000, where they were knocked out by Italy on penalties.

The 49-year-old guided Barcelona to two Primera Division titles and the Champions League in 2006 during his five-year tenure from 2003 to 2008, but also had forgettable spells with Sparta Rotterdam and Turkish outfit Galatasaray.

"I understand that many people now think Frank,'' added Overeem. "But it is now completely irrelevant. Perhaps it would be different if Saudi Arabia wanted to end his contract but that's also irrelevant.''

The chairman of the Dutch FA (KNVB), Bert van Oostveen, has already indicated that whoever steps into Van Marwijk's shoes must be Dutch.

When asked whether he would look to appoint a foreign coach, Van Oostveen told AD: "It would be a travesty for the image of our national football.''


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