Football

HIDDINK BLASTS HIS CRITICS

Holland coach Guus Hiddink, 68, sought to put to rest the debate of his continued tenure in charge of the team as he savoured the win over Spain.

Hiddink, who took over from Louis van Gaal last August, has had to deal with repeated questions over his role in charge of the Dutch who have struggled through the first half of the Euro 2016 qualifiers and sit in third place in their group, behind the Czech Republic and Iceland.

A last-gasp 1-1 draw at home to Turkey last Saturday in their latest Qualifier stirred up the debate as well as unleashing some heavyweight criticism.

"Don't keep asking me if I am staying on as coach," he told reporters after the victory over the former world champions yesterday morning.

MOTIVATED

"There is no weight fallen off my back now. I never felt any weight on my back. We were always very keen to win this game and I saw in the first half a side who were highly motivated."

"This gives a lot of confidence to the team, we must regard this match as a good start for our next qualifier," added Hiddink, who is into his second spell as coach of the Oranje.

The Dutch next play Latvia away on June 12, preceded a week earlier by a home friendly against the United States.

Hiddink has been criticised by high-profile former players Johan Cruyff and Wim van Hanegem, but he said: "I have no desire to get involved in any street fights.

"In the end, it has nothing to do with football.

"I want to talk about only football. Let's rather talk about that."

- Wire Services.