Henk ten Cate turns down Dutch football coach job

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Football trainer Henk ten Cate has turned down the Dutch national coaching job because he did not have the support of the entire football association.

Ten Cate, who currently trains Al-Jazira in UAE, says in Wednesday’s Telegraaf he had been offered the job on Monday evening but decided not to take it on.

‘If you do such a responsible job and I consider it the most honourable in Dutch football, then it is essential that the whole organisation supports you,’ he told the paper. ‘Otherwise it won’t be a success.’

Dick Advocaat remains the only name on the short-list.




Ronald Koeman, Frank de Boer and a number of foreign coaches have already turned the job down, the paper said.

Danny Blind was sacked as Dutch national football coach last month following a 2-0 defeat to Bulgaria that left Oranje‘s chances of qualifying for the World Cup hanging in the balance.