Blind sacked as Netherlands coach after World Cup flop

This Dutch decline has been swift although some argue it has been a long time coming.

They finished third in 2014 in Brazil.

"But because the sporting results are unfortunately disappointing, and because qualifying for the World Cup in Russian Federation is now in difficulty, we unfortunately feel forced to relieve him".

Blind said he "did not baulk" at the hard choice to select de Ligt, said the federation. The sacking of Danny Blind was overdue as far as many Dutch football fans are concerned, and it was underwhelming that he got the role in the first place.

Blind said it was "a pity" his stint in charge of the national team had come to such a sorry end. "That affects the players because many of them are not used to global football". "It's a prime example of the risks Blind has taken and it's kind of sad a kid like that has become a symbol of his failure".

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De Ligt, who has started in just two league games for his club Ajax Amsterdam, could not have made a worse global debut as he misjudged Simeon Slavchev's long pass, allowing Delev to poke the ball beyond keeper Jeroen Zoet after five minutes.

"We hope to have a new coach in place quickly but it won't be ready in one week", KNVB technical director Jean Paul Decossaux said on Sunday.

"We need someone who can help Dutch football move forward", he said. I'm incredibly disappointed, especially since I had a good feeling about this match.

Italian national team manager Gian Piero Ventura spoke in this press conference ahead of tonight game in Amsterdam against the Netherlands. The 47-year-old coached Bayern Munich's reserves under Pep Guardiola but has less than two seasons' worth of experience as a top-flight manager and would be a risky appointment. Those who didn't play today will play tomorrow or the day after. "It will take time to implement", says Jongsma. Failure to qualify for Russian Federation next year, on the back of failure to reach the 2016 Euro finals, would be a major shock for one of the most successful footballing nations who were World Cup finalists as recently as 2010 when they lost to Spain.

  • Adam Floyd