Ronald Koeman has revealed that he turned down offers to return to the Premier League to deal with his "disappointment" after his sacking by Everton.
The Dutchman was dismissed by the Toffees on October 23 after 16 months in charge, with David Unsworth replacing him temporarily and Sam Allardyce taking the reins permanently.
"When the results are below all expectations, you know as a manager that people can make decisions about you," Koeman told the Sunday Mirror. "And yet, it still hit me like a bolt out the blue.
"I had started something at Everton and I really wanted to finish it in a good way. This is why my disappointment is bigger than ever before. I have to be realistic and I am not moaning about it."
The 54-year-old, who had been linked with Leicester City, West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United, added: "I need to put those feelings of disappointment away first.
"This is the reason why I've not taken any of the offers - the offers were there immediately after leaving Everton. I had a few offers from the Premier League and a few more elsewhere in Europe."
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