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By Adam Shergold
Published: 18:56 EST, 13 October 2015 | Updated: 18:57 EST, 13 October 2015
Danny Blind is to remain as Holland manager despite their failure to qualify for next summer’s European Championships.
Blind took over from Guus Hiddink back in July but was unable to turn around a flagging qualification campaign, which culminated with a 3-2 loss to the Czech Republic in Amsterdam on Tuesday night.
Despite failing to reach the European Championship finals for the first time since 1984, Blind insisted he wanted to continue in the job and received backing from Dutch FA director Bert van Oostveen.
Holland players are dejected during their defeat to the Czech Republic, ending hopes of reaching Euro 2016
Czech Republic right back Pavel Kaderabek races through to score his side's first to silence the home crowd
The news will come as a relief to Southampton fans who feared the Dutch FA would move for their manager Ronald Koeman to replace Blind.
Blind said: ‘I want to stay with the Oranje. I don’t feel damaged myself. Above all else, we now need to analyse where we went wrong and look ahead.’
Offering his support to Blind, Van Oostveen said: ‘He goes on. The story of tonight is the story of the whole campaign. Everything that went wrong, went wrong. But we know what we are doing.’
That was certainly the case as the Czechs, who had already qualified for the finals in France, took a two-goal lead before half-time courtesy of Pavel Kaderabek and Josef Sural.
Despite seeing Marek Suchy sent off on the stoke of half-time, the Czechs went three ahead when Robin van Persie put through his own net.
Kaderabek sprints away in celebration having capped a fine team move to fire the visitors ahead
Czech midfielder Josef Sural turns Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk to put the away side 2-0 ahead
Sural roars in celebration after his goal looked to send Holland crashing out of Euro 2016 qualification
The Dutch replied with goals from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Van Persie but slipped to their fifth defeat from 10 qualifying matches.
They were reliant on Turkey losing to Iceland in any case to stand a chance of reaching next month’s play-offs but the Turks won 1-0.
Blind received the backing of captain Wesley Sneijder, who admitted that the rebuilding job from the wreckage of this qualification campaign will be a long one.
Sneijder said: ‘I am empty inside - both physically and mentally. If you know you have to win this game, you cannot just give it away with these types of errors.
Striker Robin van Persie has his head in his hands after a missed chance. He later scored an own goal
Van Persie inadvertently guides a header into his own net to put the Dutch 3-0 down against Czech Republic
Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (left) is held off the ball by Michal Kadlec of the Czech Republic
Holland goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet scrambles to clear an early corner at a tense Amsterdam ArenA
Holland manager Danny Blind issues instructions to his under pressure players with the Dutch knowing victory was their only hope
‘There’s a lot wrong. We know Czech Republic are a good team, but you have to keep things compact and we were disappointing.
‘Blind must stay. This is not down to him, it’s is a collective failure. It’s up to the players to make it happen and we did not.’
Manchester United’s Daley Blind, understandably, also backed his father to stay in the job.
He said: ‘I support the coach and the whole group does too. Today was a big disappointment, but we are fully behind the coach.’
Former England star and Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker rubbed salt into the wounds by comparing Holland to Andorra in a tweet.
Lineker wrote: ‘Good heavens, Holland have turned into Andorra.’
The Dutch bench of Danny Blind (centre) with Marco van Basten (left) and Ruud van Nistelrooy (right) watch their side capitulate
The Holland bench watch on with their side in disarray during the crucial Euro 2016 qualifier against the Czech Republic