KNVB turn to LVG, after Stam rejection

Reading head coach Jaap Stam has ruled himself out of the running for the Netherlands national team job, as a replacement for Danny Blind.

Blind was sacked this week after an embarrassing 2-0 defeat to Bulgaria that left The Oranje in a precarious position in their bid to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Stam, manager at the English Championship side, was short-listed as the ideal successor, due to his impressive first season at the Royals – leading a promotion challenge to the Premier League.

However, the former Manchester United defender has ruled himself out of the job, claiming he is not ready for international management.

"I'm not a coach for the national team. I am a young coach, who wants every day to work with a team," he told Skysports.

"I first want to build my career in club football. When I'm older and I might get a chance, I say maybe yes. But at the moment it is not for me."

With their first target now out of the reckoning, it's believed a new dawn is headed for Dutch football with a complete restructuring of the KNVB.

Jean Paul Decossaux, the commercial director of the Dutch Football Federation confirmed with NOS, that talks with Louis van Gaal have taken place to take over as the new CEO of the KNVB – to lead the national team into a new direction.

The Flying Dutchmen have picked up seven points after five qualifiers, and currently, occupy fourth place in group A – six points behind leaders France.