Daley Blind’s father Danny tabbed as Guus Hiddink’s Netherlands successor
Netherlands national team road trips together are nothing new for father and son Danny and Daley Blind, but the relationship is stepping up a notch.
The Manchester United midfielder will be playing under his father Danny, the longtime Ajax player, who is taking over for recently-resigned manager Guus Hiddink.
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The 68-year-old Hiddink stepped down as Dutch boss with the nation in a precarious position for Euro 2016 qualifying. Blind will take over a unit that is third in Group A, five points behind leaders Iceland and three back of No. 2 Czech Republic.
The top two seeds advance to Euro 2016, as well as the third place team with the most points in qualifying. The remaining third place teams will face-off in a playoff round. The Netherlands are currently the third-ranked third-place team.
Blind, 53, managed Ajax in 2005-06, but his only other management experience comes as an assistant or director of football, roles he’s served with Ajax, Sparta Rotterdam and the Netherlands.
The Dutch have qualifying trips left to Turkey and Kazakstan, and home matches against the two teams above them.