Following an underwhelming Euro 2020 campaign, in August 2021, then Netherland’s boss Frank de Boer was relieved of his duties, with his replacement being none other than fellow Dutchman Louis van Gaal for a third stint in charge of the national side.
By all accounts, de Boer had a disappointing Euro 2020, as despite taking nine points from their three group games against Austria, Ukraine, and tournament debutantes North Macedonia, the Dutch exited the competition in a surprise fashion following defeat to the Czech Republic.
A red card early in the second half saw Matthijs de Ligt dismissed, before goals from Tomas Holes and Patrik Schick earned the Eastern Europeans a place in the quarter-finals. In a game the Dutch were heavy favourites to win, this caused upset amongst the camp, and ultimately ended de Boer's time at the helm of the Flying Dutchman.
Throughout his 15 games in charge, de Boer opted for safe formations, deploying a defensive 4-3-3 or a 3-4-1-2, only managing to score more than three times once during his reign in a 7-0 drubbing of Gibraltar. Too often, the Dutch looked pragmatic and uninspired, worlds away from the free-flowing attacking style synonymous with the days of Johan Cruyff and co. However, in “re-re-appointing” van Gaal, excitement in the national team is reinvigorated.