Holland have been going through a torrid run of form since the arrival of Guus Hiddink to replace Louis Van Gaal after a rather successful World Cup 2014.
Even though Van Gaal could not match the feats achieved in the 2010 edition when they reached the final, a third-place finish was seen as a positive result for the team.Hiddink was expected to build on this form, but Holland have nosedived since the takeover of the former Chelsea boss. The team has managed only two wins in the last five matches and this includes defeats against lesser ranked the teams like Czech Republic and Iceland.
Hiddink said before the Euro 2016 qualifying match against Latvia back in November that he would resign from the job if he failed to beat the minnows. Netherlands produced a stirring performance and won the match 6-0, which keeps them in the hunt for qualification.
This victory, however, has not prevented numerous rumours and stories cropping up about the national team. The latest is thatHiddink had fallen out with assistant coach Danny Blind, who does not have much experience as an assistant manager.Hiddink has dismissed such stories and says that he has been happy with the performance of Blind.
“Of course, everyone has their own character. But there is no problem. Again. Excellent preparation, discussions perfect. Everything is booming which is why I said he talks, because soon, he will take over from me.Danny does his excellent work.
I have from the beginning also stated directly that I kind of wanted to with a senior like him because Danny is put forward by Van Oostveen (Director of the Dutch FA KNVB) who said, ‘He has done a good job, so we would appreciate it greatly if that you can go through, because we have a plan for him to succeed you’,” said Hiddink.