‘Lose again and I’ll quit,’ claims Dutch boss

Netherlands national team manager Guus Hiddink has claimed that he intends to resign from the role if the Oranje lose against Latvia in a crucial Euro 2016 qualifier next week.

After reaching the World Cup semi-finals under the guidance of now-Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal in the summer, the Netherlands have made a disastrous start to their Euro 2016 qualifiers – losing two of their opening three group games – which has heaped pressure on Hiddink.

“If we lose, it makes sense that I leave,” Hiddink told a press conference on Friday.

The 68 year-old has called up in-form defenders Jetro Willems and Ricardo van Rhijn of PSV Eindhoven and Ajax respectively, while Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar makes his return after missing Holland’s last qualifiers through injury. However, QPR midfielder Leroy Fer and Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk have both been omitted from the squad.

Hiddink is in his second spell in charge of the Oranje, having previously coached the national side between 1994 and 1998.

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