Dutch coach Guus Hiddinck finds himself under pressure after his side has lost two of their three opening games in the Euro 2016 qualifiers, with former Oranje legend Ronald de Boer crticising the veteran coach.
New Dutch boss Guus Hiddink is under fire as his team have had an atrocious start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. The Oranje have lost two of their opening three games, their only victory being against lowly Kazakhstan, a side ranked 127th in the world.
Earlier in qualifying they had lost to the Czech Republic, and on Monday slumped to a dismal 2-0 defeat away defeat against Iceland in a game where they failed to register a shot on target for the entire second half.
Hiddink has an impeccable coaching CV, some of the highlights include guiding PSV Eindhoven to European glory in 1988, in an earlier spell as national coach he took The Dutch to the semi finals of the 1998 World Cup, led an unheralded Australian side to the 2nd round of the 2006 World Cup where they were unfortunate to lose to eventual champions Italy, and also impressed with the Russian national team.
In South Korea he is revered, having taken them on an astonishing run all the way to the semi finals of the 2002 World Cup. But these achievements are firmly in the past, and the knives are already out with critics lining up to have a go at the veteran coach.
Former Dutch legend Ronald de Boer who played under Hiddink has taken aim at his former boss. His broadside was quoted in Yahoo Sport.
“He doesn’t show the guys ‘this is the way we want to go. I want to see, for example, running midfielders supporting Van Persie. I don’t see any of this.
“There’s plenty of games to play and change it around. But the pressure will be enormous now for Guus because there was criticism for his nomination beforehand.”
De Boer thinks it was a mistake to give the job to the veteran coach, arguing that he is yesterday’s man and that Ronald Koeman, who could have been available before Southampton snapped him up, would have been a better bet,
“Koeman was ready to take over, he was really outspoken, he really wanted to take the job. With all due respect for Hiddink, he’s 67 years old, I think he’s done, in my eyes.
“Of course he has a great record. His ideas now are old-fashioned.”
Hiddink will need to call on all his coaching skill and experience to turn this one around, his team is already 6 points behind the front runners in group A an and failure to qualify to an expanded Euro 2016 tournament would be unthinkable for a Dutch team just off the back of a third place finish in last summer’s World Cup.
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.