October 2, 2006

Man Management, Dutch Style

Posted in Euro 2008 at 1:59 pm by deadlymusings

Marco van BastenThis is the face of a man who is quickly losing control of his job. Despite being top of their qualifying group, Marco van Basten faces the biggest crisis in his reign as manager of the Netherlands.

Late last week, van Basten recalled Mark van Bommel to his squad. In the process, he was admitting he was wrong to say that the Bayern Munich midfielder had no international future while he was in charge.

Things got even worse when Klaas-Jan Huntelaar had to pull out of the squad with an injury. He responded by calling up the other player he said had no international future. In Ruud van Nistelrooy, he was calling up someone who had spent the better part of the week criticizing him for just about anything.

Desperate to humilate the manager of the national team, both van Bommel and van Nistelrooy rejected their call-ups saying they would never play under van Basten again. With gaping holes in midfield and attack, van Basten will likely have to turn to Dirk Kuyt, who has yet to play well at the international level, and Denny Landzaat, who is struggling with Wigan this season, to fill them.

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2 Comments »

  1. Isaiah said,

    Fortunately for the Dutch, they’re only facing Bulgaria and Albania (the former being a decent side and the latter being a pushover), they should be able to come out of the games with 6 points, assuming Kuyt shows up like he did against Mexico in their World Cup warmup.

    For their part, it seems Bulgaria are missing midfielder Blagoy Georgiev, so perhaps it’ll all even out in the end.

    http://www.uefa.com/competitions/EURO/news/Kind=1/newsId=463387.html is where I got that info from.

    Shame, though, that van Nistelrooy and van Bommel have issues with their coach (I have no idea whose fault it is that they are on the outs) — it would be nice to see the two playing in international competition, though both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich must be secretly pleased.

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