Gullit says Koeman should have been appointed Oranje boss, not Hiddink

Guus Hiddink

Southampton manager would have been the ideal successor to Louis van Gaal, as Oranje post two losses in Guus Hiddink era.

Members of the Dutch football media cannot help but think their respective FA appointed the wrong man in Guus Hiddink.

Since the former Chelsea boss took charge of the Netherlands national football team, Oranje have suffered a succession of losses - a 2-0 defeat to Italy and a 2-1 loss to Czech Republic.

The results are a contrast in nature to the ones achieved by Hiddink's rival to the Dutch throne - Ronald Koeman - who has been a revelation at Southampton.

Following the departure of Mauricio Pochettino to Tottenham Hotspur and the exit of £100 million worth of talent that included the exits of Luke Shaw, Calum Chambers, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert, there was much gloom around the South Coast.

However, Southampton have returned an astonishing ten points from five matches played, stand second in the Premier League table and Koeman is actually out-performing his Dutch rival and previous Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal, who has overseen the collection of a paltry five points.

Such points have not been lost on Studio Football Sunday, a show in Holland, where Ruud Gullit said: "I think [the Netherlands] should have taken Ronald Koeman.

"This team has nothing to do with Hiddink, but with Koeman. KNVB [the Royal Dutch Football Association] should take the blame that they have not ventured that leap."

The Dutch take on Kazakhstan and Iceland on October 10 and October 13 in their second and third European Championship qualifiers - they are yet to score one point in Group A.

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