Louis van Gaal is confident that both will be Orange if the Dutch football under new coach Ronald Koeman in the way to the top.
The Dutch team started Friday still difficult in the period under Koeman with a 0-1 defeat against England, but surprised Monday evening by European champion, Portugal with a 0-3 set aside.
“Koeman, we now have a coach that the Dutch football towards a bright future will lead,” says Van Gaal at the German Bild.
The former coach of Ajax, FC Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester United had Orange itself twice under his wing and led the national team four years ago to a handsome third place at the world cup. Orange seems to be currently far from that level is removed, but that is, according to Van Gaal.
“The future of Dutch football is not as bleak as many currently think. We have good coaches and players. I see a lot of talents that fast break,” he says.
“It’s just not normal that a bond within two years three times of coach changes. With only eight matches in a year, that is annoying. That does not work.”
Van Gaal and Koeman lived the last years at odds with each other. In 2004 they met in their shared time at Ajax, when Koeman head coach and Van Gaal the function of technical director held – in collision with each other.
At his press conference in Zeist showed Koeman earlier this month, however, know that both of them talk to each other and that he is Van Gaal even had called to inquire for his period as coach of the Dutch national team.
The 66-year-old Van Gaal was in may last year sacked as manager of United. That meant his last job as a trainer, he put the door well ajar for a return.
About two months are the next two competitions for Koeman and Orange on the program, when uitduels with Slovakia (31 may) and Italy (4 June) to be finished. More than four months later, Belgium is the opponent in a friendly duel.
Koeman will see plenty of perspective after a handsome victory ‘disciplined’ Orange