Danny Blind has insisted he is the right man to lead Netherlands despite the Oranje failing to qualify for the European Championships on Tuesday.

  • By Michael Bell

Blind took over as national team boss from Guus Hiddink in July, but has lost three of his four games, which has seen Netherlands miss out on the European Championships for the first time since 1984.

Speaking to NOS after the 3-2 defeat to the Czech Republic on Tuesday, Blind stated he wanted to stay on as coach and believes he can turn their form around.

Blind said, “I want to stay with the Oranje.”

“I don’t feel damaged myself. Above all else, we now need to analyse where we went wrong and then look ahead.”

“I’m not here at the right time, but I am doing my job.”

“The disappointment is with the whole qualifying campaign, which has not gone well.”

“You have to stay realistic. Everyone will realise that we have to change many things, but we are missing 12 to 15 players.

“You cannot expect a country like Netherlands to win easily. We have to go on.”

KNVB director Bert van Oostveen has also stated Blind will remain as Netherlands coach going forward. His next tie will be against Germany in a friendly next month.

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