Netherlands sacks manager Danny Blind

Cheryl Sanders
March 29, 2017

The gamble to cap the teenager may have backfired but the federation backed Blind on this decision.

Interim-coach Fred Grim will lead Holland for the friendly against Italy in Amsterdam on Tuesday night, but there is no rush to appoint a permanent successor following the sacking of Danny Blind. "But because the sporting results are unfortunately disappointing, and now the progress to the World Cup is also hard, we unfortunately feel forced to take leave of him".

The Netherlands, three-time World Cup runners-up, also failed to qualify for Euro 2016.

The writing was already on the wall for Danny after he was summoned to meet the federation's officials in the aftermath of the Bulgarian setback.

Dutch newspapers pronounced the defeat a "debacle".

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

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Netherlands captain Arjen Robben stuck by his coach after the match, saying the players were also responsible.

"It's sad. I'm speechless".

After having virtually nothing to do in the first half, Bulgaria goalkeeper Nikolay Mihaylov became busy in the second, as his side sat back to defend its lead and the Dutch finally exerted some pressure.

While Dutch younger Matthijs de Ligt didn't quite emulate the former Middlesbrough defender's Real Madrid bow with an own goal and red card, his own debut wasn't much better.

He "did not baulk" at the hard choice to select de Ligt, it said.

After the match Blind questioned whether he was still the man for the job. "We were on the right track", he said.

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. "But because the results were not forthcoming, and because qualification for Russian Federation has gone poorly so far, we felt the need to take our leave of him", said KNVB director Jean Paul Decossaux.

Bulgaria's national team is going through hard times - the team for a long time did not get on the big tournaments, and bright stars, the level of Hristo Stoichkov, now part of no.

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