On Friday, Dwight Lodeweges succeeded his first match as interim manager for the Netherlands, much to the joy of former head coach Ronald Koeman.
Dwight Lodeweges says Ronald Koeman contacted him via message to compliment the second-half play of the Netherlands in their 1-0 Nations League victory over Poland on Friday.
The Oranjehas Lodeweges had named Lodeweges after last month’s decision by Koeman to take over as Barcel
He began his potentially short reign in their Nations League Group A1 battle with a slender 1-0 victory over Poland – Steven Bergwijn secured the three points shortly after the hour mark, with his first international goal.
“Ronald sent a message immediately after the game, saying congratulations and how it was a very good second half,” he told NOS. “I agree with him on that.
“The first half did not go well. There was not enough depth and movement in our game. Then it is very difficult to separate a team that plays 4-5-1. We didn’t get between the lines. That went a lot better in the second half.
“Of course, I had hoped that we would win 3-0 or 4-0 tonight, but then you have to score quickly. I think we can also be satisfied with a 1-0, after being apart for nine months.”