The name of Henk ten Cate has been circulating since Sunday morning as a possible national coach of the Dutch national team. “I’m not responding to that,” says interim coach Dwight Lodeweges. Marten de Roon is clearer. “Absolute nonsense.”
The players’ council of the Dutch Team would have nominated Ten Cate as the successor to Ronald Koeman, but Lodeweges does not deal with that. Because on Monday-evening a meeting awaits with Italy in the Nations League.
“Really a top country, which has completely changed the playing style compared to a couple of years ago. We’re similar, we both want to be the boss on the field. It can be a very interesting game,” says Lodeweges.
For De Roon it will be a special game, because he is under contract with the Italian Atalanta Bergamo. “Two years ago we played a practice game against each other in the summer. Back then we were still a bit searching, so were they. I have a fine relationship with Italy, I have grown with Atalanta and the Dutch national team. That’s logical if you play and are appreciated”
Friday against Poland (1-0 profit) De Roon made a good impression. He also got the rumour about Ten Cate. “The players’ council has a lot of contact with the management of the KNVB about anything and everything, but there has been no talk about names or lists of names. That’s utter nonsense.”
“We are very happy with how it is now. Dwight and the other assistants have an important role. We hope to continue on the same path. And whoever joins us, it’s up to others to decide.”
Maybe Lodeweges himself is a candidate? There is no clear ‘no’ yet from the interim union coach. “I’m not saying anything about that. It’s not important to me at all. I’ve got my head somewhere else. I’ll wait and see what the management wants and does.”