Van Basten to stay with club
Former Netherlands coach won't return to replace Van Marwijk
Last Updated: July 2, 2012 12:01pm
Marco van Basten: Scored 28 goals in 56 games for Holland as a player and was manager between 2004 and 2008
Marco van Basten has ruled out a return to managing the Netherlands after Bert van Marwijk stepped down following a terrible Euro 2012.
The Dutch were among the favourites for glory but made a mockery of their pre-tournament billing by being dumped out of the competition at the group stage without a single point.
Van Marwijk paid the price for their failure and now the race is on for Dutch football chiefs to find a replacement before they kick off their qualifying campaign for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil this autumn.
Van Basten, who guided Dutch to the last 16 of the 2006 World Cup and the quarter-finals of the European Championship two years later in his four-year spell, has only just returned to the game after leaving Ajax in 2009.
The legendary striker announced he would return to football by succeeding Ron Jans as coach of Eredivisie side Heerenveen this summer and will not walk out on them after only a few weeks in charge.
"I am now in Heerenveen and I am very satisfied," he told AD Sportwereld. "Who should it be? Also I have not thought about that.
"I have my thing here in Heerenveen. For the rest I will not interfere anymore. "