Guus Hiddink’s time at the Netherlands national team for a second spell is fast turning out into a nightmare after his team’s latest defeat.
Even though it was only a friendly match, the 4-3 loss against United States has raised a lot of questions about the manager and his immediate future. Since taking over from Louis van Gaal after the World Cup 2014, Hiddink has overseen a terrible run of form. The team are not in the automatic qualification places for the Euro 2016. After having managed to wins from the last five qualification games, the Dutch sit five points away from Iceland and a further one point away from table leaders Czech Republic.
For the last few months, it seemed thatHiddink had finally managed to take hold of this Dutch team. The team have gone through three matches without defeat and this included a friendly victory over Spain back in April. Things, though, have turned sour once again after this latest defeat against United States. It is made worse by the fact that Netherlands had a 3-1 advantage after 53 minutes. Yet, they threw the game away and managed to lose courtesy of a late goal from Wood. Read more »
Guss Hiddink, the man in charge of Netherlands presently, is harming his reputation day by day and that too quite rapidly.
There was a time when he was one of the most favourite sporting figures in Netherlands.
And, it was not only the case in Netherlands, in the rest of the world too, Hiddink was very popular. He had a great image everywhere.
He was considered as a tactical genius, but, hat midas touch which he used to have a few years back, it does not seem to be there these days.
You would find it hard to find a single person currently who would tell you that Hiddink is doing a good job as the manager of the Netherlands national Football team.
Each and every supporter of Dutch Football wants his head and it’s quite astonishing actually.
And, Hiddink himself is showing signs of collapsing under pressure now. The statements that he is making, they don’t make too much of sense.
Recently, in one of his press conferences, he claimed that the Dutch side were not a top side any more. They might have made the Round of 4 last year in Brazil and had eventually ended at the third position, but, that was not the reflection of reality. Read more »