Netherlands Appoints Danny Blind As New Head Coach
Danny Blind father of Manchester United Player Daley Blind has been named as the new Netherlands head coach, succeeding Guus Hiddink in the role.
Blind, who was an assistant to Louis van Gaal at last year’s World Cup finals, replaces ex-Chelsea boss Hiddink in the post as he aims to secure qualification for Euro 2016.
Manchester United man Blind discussed growing up with a famous father as Danny captained Ajax and Holland.
“I think it was at school [when I appreciated he was a big star],” he stated. “I never realised it as I never properly saw him play by myself until the end of his career. I only watched tapes and images about him and covered the 1995 Champions League games.
“I know all the games now but I never watched him play live at that time. I think the first thing I remember which made an impression on me was his last game in the stadium for Ajax. That was impressive – so many people calling your dad’s name. I was there with my mum and she was holding me very tight and crying. At first, I was thinking: ‘Why is she crying? It’s just dad playing the game.’ But it was his last game. I’m not really remembering the match itself, more the atmosphere inside the stadium.”
As he was schooled by Ajax at an early age, much of Blind’s football education came from outside of his family despite his father’s obvious skills and knowledge in this area.
“We played sometimes in my youth,” he added. “But I had to train in school and was also with Ajax very early because I was seven when I went to them. It was always like: ‘Okay, we play for half an hour but now it’s fine to go and play with your friends’ and that was all right with me.”