Netherlands head coach Danny Blind fired

29 March 2017, 01:57 | Isaac Mcdaniel

Danny Blind, 55, was sacked on Sunday in the wake of a 2-0 loss to Bulgaria on Saturday which left the Dutch in fourth place in their World Cup qualifying group and in danger of missing out on the 2018 finals in Russian Federation.

His sacking follows a 0-2 defeat to Bulgaria on Saturday which leaves the Netherlands fourth in their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying group at the halfway stage.

At just 17 years of age, the highly-rated Ajax central defender was the youngest player to turn out for Oranje since 1931, but it was a painful introduction to worldwide football for a man who had made just 14 senior appearances prior to Saturday's meeting, which marked the halfway point on the road to Russian Federation.

It's not a great time to take on Oranje, they were in a bad way before Blind took over and he somehow managed to make things even more depressed. Netherlands skipper Arjen Robben said the defeat in Sofia was a "nightmare". "But the first half was such a deplorable level".

It was the teenager's mistake which led to a fifth minute goal for Spas Delev, who scored a second 15 minutes later.

Blind said he "did not baulk" at the hard choice to select de Ligt, said the federation.

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"We have respect for what Danny did for us and for the team during his tenure", KNVB director Jean Paul Decossaux said in a statement.

Decossaux revealed "all options are options" with regards to the prospect of eventually appointing a foreign coach, something which the KNVB have not done since Austrian Ernst Happel guided Holland to the 1978 World Cup final. Our list of candidates can be made up of whoever is going to take Dutch football forwards.

"Ronald Koeman is undoubtedly capable, but I know he is under contract with a club". "I do not know why we started so poorly".

Van Gaal, 65, has previously said that he has now retired from coaching, says the Daily Mail.

He told De Telegraaf: "When the probability of us making this important qualification to the World Cup is reduced to a very small percentage, then you need to intervene at some point".

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