Dutch dilemma | Van Marwijk faces uncertain future

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Bert van Marwijk is facing an uncertain future. After the Netherlands crashed out of Euro 2012 following their failure to pick up a single point in three Group B matches, the inquest has already started to determine where the blame lies for one of the pre-tournament favourites' shock exit.

Holland were soundly beaten by Denmark, Germany and Portugal, leaving them propping up their group, with only two goals scored compared to five conceded.

Disharmony within the Dutch camp has been highlighted as one reason why Van Marwijk's star-studded squad failed to find their rhythm in Poland and Ukraine this summer, as the Oranje Army overwhelmingly underperformed every time they took to the field of play.

Van Marwijk is under contract with the Dutch FA until 2016, but after the 2010 World Cup finalists early elimination from the major finals, there are question marks over whether or not the 60-year-old is the right man to lead the country into battle in Brazil in 2014.

With reports circulating that the manager's relationship with key players has deteriorated beyond all repair, Dutch football chief Bert van Oostveen has revealed his intentions to hold talks with Van Marwijk in the next two weeks, with the head coach's future to be decided before the Netherlands' friendly against Belgium on August 15.

"The performance was unworthy of the orange shirt in terms of results," reflected Van Oostveen. "But it is not for nothing that we recently extended his contract until 2016.

"I cannot get into it too much so soon after the game. But I have received no signal that Van Marwijk wants to stop. The question is whether Bert is the man who can turn this situation around."

A number of players from the much-maligned Netherlands squad have shown their support for the Dutch boss, citing that blame should be laid equally at their own doors, rather than just the manager.

"As players we now have to face ourselves in a mirror, to see what went wrong," explained Arjen Robben after the defeat against Portugal. "We all failed, players and technical staff, just like everyone was responsible for our success two years ago."

Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart - who scored the opening goal in Sunday's 2-1 defeat - said it would be foolish to sack Van Marwijk: "He should remain in charge. He has not signed a contract for so long for nothing. I'm not going to kick a man when he is down."

Meanwhile, Wesley Sneijder added: "We can't blame the coach for this, he did a great job for us in the last four years. We have all failed together and I think he definitely has a future with the national team.

"But there are some issues in the squad that have to be solved first, like the player who is leaking to the press about our tactical plans before matches."

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