After holding crisis talks over the current state of the national team, the KNVB has decided to forego a personnel change and stand behind Guus Hiddink.

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hiddink jnjfnjAfter a surprise third-place finish at the World Cup this summer, the Dutch national team has had a lackluster follow up, losing to Italy, the Czech Republic and Iceland. A third of the way through Euro 2016 qualifying, they see themselves in third place, 6 points off of leaders Iceland.

All this led to Dutch fans calling for “old fashioned” Guus Hiddink to be replaced in his post. However, the KNVB decided against that and Hiddink will remain in charge.

After the talks between Bert van Oversteem and Hiddink ended, the KNVB released a statement which read, “Together with the technical staff of Oranje an action plan has been drawn up to the  way the Dutch national team in the coming period is going to work,”

“These kind of evaluations between management and technical staff regularly takes place after a series of qualifiers.”

Hiddink himself added, “The important thing is that we are now focussed on the qualifiers that still lie ahead.”

The Dutch meet Mexico in Amsterdam on November 12 in a friendly, followed by their next Euro qualifier on November 16 against Latvia. Hiddink will hope his side starts to balance his record as coach with a few more wins.

Spencer Steevensz (104 Posts)

I'm a digital/social marketer out of Chicago. I grew up loving Dutch football - total football is the only way to play. I support PSV in the Eredivisie, and whatever team has the most Dutch guys on it in any other league. Hup Holland Hup!