I was asked to be Dutch coach - Cruyff

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23 June 2006 , AMSTERDAM — National coach Marco van Basten asked his mentor John Cruyff to take charge of the Dutch side for the World Cup in Germany.

23 June 2006

AMSTERDAM — National coach Marco van Basten asked his mentor John Cruyff to take charge of the Dutch side for the World Cup in Germany.

Cruyff, a Dutch soccer legend, told a sports programme on Thursday evening that Van Basten was willing to be his assistant during the tournament.

"I didn't go into the idea," Cruyff said in NOS Studio Sport. "I wasn't interested. Moreover Oranje (the Dutch team) is now in good hands"

The Netherlands survived the 'group of death' in the first round the World Cup only to be knocked out of by Portugal on 25 June.

Cruyff said Van Basten first approached him about becoming coach in the summer of 2004. He raised the matter again when the Netherlands qualified for the final round in Germany.

"This indicates Van Basten is a man with a big and strong character," Cruyff said. "Look, it is one thing to ask this when you are appointed. But you are truly a first-rate coach if you repeat the question after a successful qualification."

Cruyff went on to deny suggestions that Van Basten had not done well in Germany.

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