Clasie hoping Koeman succeeds Van Gaal as Netherlands coach

The Feyenoord youngster says his club boss is one of the candidates to take the reins for the Oranje when the former Bayern coach steps down from the national team role
Feyenoord youngster Jordy Clasie is glad to see Ronald Koeman considered a candidate to succeed Louis van Gaal as Netherlands coach.

The current Oranje boss announced that he will resign after the 2014 World Cup and the midfielder is happy to see the his club's trainer linked with the position.

"It's nice that he is considered. I think he's definitely one of the contenders," the 21-year-old told Novum.

The youngster is preparing for the Under-21 European Championship and has highlighted the importance of beating Germany in their first fixture.

"That is a very important match. You cannot lose an opening game. This awareness also lives in the group."

The Dutch are joined in Group B by Germany, Spain and Russia at the tournament held in Israel.