Rijkaard agent cools Holland link
Frank Rijkaard has no interest in managing Holland for the time being, according to the former defender's agent.
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Rijkaard is one of several men who have been linked with the vacant post after Bert van Marwijk stepped down from his role following a disappointing Euro 2012 in which Oranje were knocked out at the group stage without earning a single point.
But 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 Holland in 1998, having worked as an assistant to Guus Hiddink, and guided 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."
Other candidates to succeed the Van Marwijk include Ronald Koeman, Ruud Gullit, Frank de Boer, Hiddink, Louis van Gaal and Co Adriaanse.
The chairman of the Dutch FA (KNVB), Bert van Oostveen, has already indicated that whoever steps into Van Marwijk's shoes must be from 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."
Hiddink has also taken charge of the national team before, although his stay ended in disappointment after Holland failed to qualify for the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.
Gullit is not renowned for being an outstanding head coach, with disappointing spells at Feyenoord and the Los Angeles Galaxy recently, but the 49-year-old had a glittering playing career, which could make him a popular choice.
Former Twente boss Adriaanse is unemployed but may be a viable option because he prefers to play attacking football, with his methods guiding unheralded Dutch club Willem II into the Champions League in 1999.
Feyenoord coach Koeman and Ajax's De Boer have already ruled themselves out of the running, with the latter paying tribute to Van Marwijk.
The former Ajax and Barcelona defender served as Van Marwijk's assistant at the 2010 World Cup.
"It is unfortunate for the Dutch team that Bert has quit. I had a great time with him and learned a lot from him," De Boer said on his Twitter account.
It has been suggested that De Boer's absence from the coaching set-up is the reason for Oranje flattering to deceive in Poland and Ukraine.
He rejected the notion, however, hinting the success two years ago came because egos did not clash in South Africa.
"I had my share during the successful World Cup, but it is not all about me," he said at an Ajax press conference yesterday.
"In 2010 it was all easier. When (Rafael) Van der Vaart and (Klaas Jan) Huntelaar played in their little clubs.
"Now you have influential players in the Premier League and the Bundesliga. That makes it all a lot harder."