Dutch football coach fired after dramatic World Cup qualifier loss
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 31, 2017,
Mar 31, 2017, 8:37
Blind is the second Dutch coach to have vacated the position during the time since, with Guus Hiddink having departed in June 2015 after losing five of his ten matches in charge.
The Netherlands will hope to salvage some pride when they meet Italy in an global friendly at the Amsterdam ArenA on Tuesday, the first match since the sacking of manager Danny Blind.
They are also three back from Sweden, who defeated Belarus 4-0, and two behind Bulgaria with just the group winners guaranteed a place in the finals in Russian Federation.
But after failing to bring the Netherlands to Euro 2016 and struggling in qualification to next year's World Cup, Danny Blind has been relieved of his duties.
"I must be convinced that I can get things right but we must also be honest and say that getting to Russian Federation is now going to be a lot more hard".
Following the defeat the team drop to fourth place in qualifying Group A from which only the group winners are guaranteed to qualify for the finals in Russian Federation next year.
Blind was heavily criticised for handing 17-year-old defender Matthijs de Ligt a starting berth after just a few matches at club level for Ajax Amsterdam. "But because the results are unfortunately disappointing, and the qualification for the World Cup in Russian Federation is hard, we feel forced to part ways", Decossaux said in an official statement issued by KNVB.
After being defeated by Bulgaria (2-0), the Netherlands stayed fourth in their World Cup qualification group with a small chance to qualify for the World Cup in Russian Federation.
Follow live score and goal updates of Bulgaria vs Netherland UEFA World Cup Qualifying match on FIFA WORLD CUP Official Football Twitter page. So is Ronald de Boer, fired at Inter Milan.
With a program in decline and no prospects for recovery in sight, the job of Dutch national team coach is no longer viewed as the plum job it once was.
The Dutch national team still have a fixture to fulfill over the global break, when they take on Italy on Tuesday night, but their FA moved swiftly on Saturday to sack then-boss Danny Blind. "We came here with good intentions, but it has become a nightmare", Dutch skipper Arjen Robben said.