Netherlands football has suddenly undergone a downhill movement since the defeat in the hands of the Argentina in the semifinal of the FIFA World Cup 2014. And to stop the slide the Royal Dutch Football Association has taken a decision that sees Danny Blind getting sacked from the managerial post.
The curtains came down on Danny Blind following a tame defeat at the hands of Bulgaria away from home in the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers. That defeat left the Dutch football team reeling at the fourth spot on the table from which only the top team will have a direct qualification into the final stages of the tournament. And as replacement of Danny Blind, the board has decided to appoint Blind’s assistant Fred Grim as the manager. His first match at the helm will be against Italy in Amsterdam.
In a statement released by KNVB, it has been said, “We (the federation) have a lot of respect for Danny, but due to negative results and the difficulty we have to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, we must part company with him.” Daley Blind was seemingly disappointed with the decision that the highest authority of football in Netherlands has taken. He has been quoted saying, “We were on the right track in Bulgaria, but it’s a pity that it ends like this.” And it clearly reflects his mindset right at this moment.
Reports are coming in that Louis Van Gaal might be roped in as the advisor of the team in the coming days. Van Gaal has previously proved his mettle when Netherlands finished fourth in the FIFA World Cup 2014. And KNVB will be really eager to bring him in at this point in time and hope that he repeats his previous performances. Because things are not looking very bright for the Dutch and with not many qualifying matches left it will be really an uphill task for Netherlands to make it to the finals of the World Cup 2018 which will be held in Russia.