Danny Blind fired as coach of Dutch football team

Ross Houston
March 29, 2017

Interim coach Fred Grim will lead Netherlands for the friendly against Italy in Amsterdam on Tuesday night, but there is no rush to appoint a permanent successor to Blind.

"Of course, it's easy now to judge it was maybe too early" to give De Ligt his first global start, Blind said. He also sent on veteran Wesley Sneijder in an attempt to spark more creativity in midfield.

On the other end, Italy team is becoming stronger day by day and they are competing in Group G in the World Cup qualifier with Spain to enter into the Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018 in Russia. "The first half was shocking", said the 33-year-old Bayern Munich winger.

Bulgaria visit Belarus on June 9 in their next game in the group while Netherlands host bottom team Luxembourg.


The loss left the Dutch six points behind Group A leaders France, who beat Luxembourg 3-1, and down in fourth spot, three back from Sweden and two off Bulgaria with just the group winners guaranteed a place in the 2018 finals in Russian Federation. However, since that high, the Oranje have struggled to the realities of aging, with Robin van Persie already retired from worldwide soccer and Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder now in their 30's. The KNVB made this decision on Sunday after hours long consultations between technical director Hans van Breukelen and Blind, NOS reports.

"A foreign trainer is also an option". I need to think about it.

"That list should include all kinds of names - a foreign coach is an option".

Koeman, manager of Premier League club Everton, has told Dutch media he is not available.


Decossaux named the country's former manager Louis van Gaal as one of the men he would like to speak to about taking on an advisory role.

Portugal saw off Hungary, a team they shared six goals with at Euro 2016.

They are now six points behind group leaders France and three points behind the second placed Sweden and if things don't change immediately for Netherlands they could be set to miss out on a second straight major championship.


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