Netherlands coach Guus Hiddink – currently in his second spell as head coach of the Dutch – put himself under a lot of pressure after setting himself a shocking ultimatum on Friday, but luckily for him the Oranje recorded a 6-0 victory earlier today against a powerless Latvia.
During a press conference last week, Hiddink stated: “If we lose against Latvia, I will resign immediately.” This has been described as the latest symptom of the crisis in which the Dutch team currently finds itself. After all, when a coach loses five times in a row, it is fair enough to say that there is something going completely wrong.
As a matter of fact, Louis van Gaal, the man who led the Netherlands to third place at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, had integrated the same players into his squad as Hiddink does currently. However, those players were not able to prevent defeats against Italy, Iceland and Czech Republic.
Nevertheless, the exact problem is difficult to pinpoint, and even after tonight’s win against Latvia, the Netherlands still have a lot of work to do. Hiddink will have to assemble a collection of players and forge them into a team. As a matter of fact, there is plenty of talent to choose from, so Hiddink should still be able to make something of this fragile-looking side.