While England have already confirmed their place among their continental elite at Euro 2016, the Netherlands are on the brink of a humiliating early exit from the tournament.
The Dutch sit fourth in Group A with only two games still to play, and following defeats to Turkey and Iceland, Danny Blind knows that his side are staring into the abyss.
The Netherlands watched on as one of their key rivals for a spot at the championships—the Czech Republic—overcame Latvia, leaving Holland needing to overhaul Turkey and claim third in the group and a place in the third-place playoffs.
Blind only took over from Guus Hiddink as Dutch coach in July, but he has failed to reignite a Netherlands side that shone only a year ago at the 2014 World Cup.
As reported by Goal, the coach—father of Manchester United player Daley—has clarified that he is not intending to resign.
“That thought does not go through my head,” the coach began.
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“We made mistakes at the wrong times in the early stages. We had chances, even more than Turkey.”
The Dutch sit two points behind Turkey with two matches to play, with the Czech Republic and Iceland in first and second place on 19 and 18 points respectively.