Danny Blind has been relieved of his position as Netherlands head coach and the big question now is who will replace him. Michael Bell takes a look at some of the options the KNVB has.

Louis van Gaal

Would Van Gaal be tempted into a third term as Netherlands coach? His name may have been tarnished from his time with Manchester United, but the 65-year-old will always be remembered fondly by Oranje fans for his masterplan which led Netherlands to the World Cup semi-finals in 2014. Van Gaal denied retirement earlier this year and the KNVB would probably love to have him back given his track record during his second spell in charge.

Van Gaal is currently the favourite with some bookmakers at 5/2.

Frank de Boer

Apart from Louis van Gaal, Frank de Boer is probably the first name which comes to mind as a possible replacement for Blind. De Boer was heralded for his work with Ajax early in his management career which led them to four straight Eredivisie titles. However, his last year in Amsterdam brought doubts about his tactical abilities and his spell with Inter Milan earlier this season was a disaster.

The 46-year-old now has a point to prove and he would certainly maintain the 4-3-3 legacy of the national team, but whether that is what’s needed is another question.

Ronald Koeman

The KNVB’s big mistake was not appointing Koeman as successor to Louis van Gaal after the World Cup in 2014. The then Feyenoord boss openly stated that he wanted the job and expected to get it, but for some reason, the KNVB chose Guus Hiddink and announced Blind as his successor.

Koeman has went on to have success with Southampton and is now in charge of Everton in the Premier League. The KNVB would probably love it if Koeman decided he wanted to take charge of Oranje now, but with Barcelona sniffing around they may have missed their chance to appoint the 54-year-old.

Ron Jans

Jans has already confirmed that he is leaving PEC Zwolle at the end of the season to work at the KNVB to help train the next generation of coaches. Would the KNVB consider Jans for the top job?

Jans transformed PEC Zwolle from Eerste Divisie side to Eredivisie mainstay and guided them to their first major trophy and Europe. This season may have gone south for the coach, but he would certainly bring character and passion to the national team if given the chance.

Jaap Stam

A rookie in management but Stam is doing a great job in England with Reading, who he has turned into a potential Premier League side. Stam learned his coaching trade at Jong Ajax and would help sort out the leaky Oranje defence which has cost them dearly in Blind’s reign.

Stam has spoken out against the uncertainty at Reading and only has a contract with the club until the summer. West Ham have been linked with the former defender, but Netherlands could also be a potential destination.

Martin Jol

If its experience that the KNVB wants then Martin Jol could be the man. The 61-year-old has coached Ajax, Tottenham, Hamburg and Fulham to various degrees of success but has never accepted a job in international football.

Jol is available after leaving Al-Ahly last year.

Ruud Gullit

The KNVB tried to offer Gullit a position as Blind’s assistant manager but talks fell through. They clearly believe Gullit has some potential with coaching so could they return to the former midfielder with an offer for the top job?

However, the 54-year-old hasn’t held a coaching position since a short spell with Russian’s Terek Grozny ended in 2011. His spells at Newcastle United, Feyenoord and LA Galaxy before that were hardly successful either.

Jurgen Klinsmann

A foreign coach hasn’t been ruled out by the KNVB and one name doing the rounds in the Dutch press is Jurgen Klinsmann. He was sacked as coach of the United States after five years in charge, but he was held in high regard after his spell with the German national team before that.

Klinsmann got Germany back to playing attractive attacking football and may be the man to rejuvenate Oranje.

Claudio Ranieri

Ranieri was the man behind Leicester City’s shock Premier League win last season but couldn’t follow that up this campaign and was shown the door. The Italian doesn’t have a good track record in international football after a horrible spell with Greece, but he has a point to prove and would probably see Netherlands as a good project.

Ralf Rangnick

Currently sporting director at Bundesliga surprise package Red Bull Liepzig, Rangnick is a big believer in the Dutch way of playing football and that was a big influence during his spells in charge of Stuttgart and Schalke, which saw both clubs lift trophies. The German is yet to manage away from his own country and probably wouldn’t be a big enough foreign name for Oranje fans to accept.

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