Following the Netherlands’ disappointing Euro 2020 campaign, which saw them crash out in the round of 16 versus the Czech Republic, manager Frank de Boer was fired.
— B/R Football (@brfootball) June 29, 2021
As a result, the Dutch, who failed to qualify for the World Cup in 2018 and were ignominiously dumped out this summer, are looking for a new boss.
An old face the new boss
According to Dutch outlet De Telegraaf, Louis van Gaal is set to take on the responsibility, coming out of a seven-year retirement to take on the role.
Van Gaal’s last stint in management came in the form of a two-year spell at Manchester United, but he was sacked amid claims of boring football, despite bringing the FA Cup back to Manchester in 2016.
Seven years on, and he has reportedly come out of retirement to take up a familiar post as the head coach of the Dutch national team. The 69-year-old has held the role twice before, from 2000 to 2002 and again from 2012-2014, when he led the Oranje to a third-placed finish at the World Cup in Brazil.
Meanwhile, it is thought that Danny Blind, another former manager of the Netherlands National team, will be named as one of van Gaal’s assistant managers, along with Henk Fraser and Frans Hoek.
The news comes just days after Virgil van Dijk took to Twitter to deny claims made in the Daily Mirror that he was leading a resistance against the appointment:
“This story is completely false. It’s never been more important for journalists to tell the truth and not just make stuff up. Shame on you Mr Mullock”
— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) July 17, 2021
This article was edited by Conor Laird.