Wednesday 20 September 2017

Danny Blind dismissed as Holland manager

coach Danny Blind of Hollandduring the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying match between Bulgaria and Netherlands on March 25, 2017 at Vasil Levski National Stadium in Sofia, Bulgaria(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
coach Danny Blind of Hollandduring the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying match between Bulgaria and Netherlands on March 25, 2017 at Vasil Levski National Stadium in Sofia, Bulgaria(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

Jack O'Toole

Holland manager Danny Blind has been dismissed by the Dutch FA after picking up just two wins from his last seven games as national team boss.

In a statement on the association's website, the KNVB confirmed that the decision to dismiss Blind from his duties was made following the Netherlands 2-0 loss to Bulgaria on Saturday, and that U21 manager Fred Grim would take over as manager on an interim basis for Tuesday's friendly against Italy in Amsterdam.

The statement read - "The KNVB has decided to dismiss head coach Danny Blind immediately from office. Today, in a meeting between the KNVB, represented by professional football director Jean Paul Decossaux and technical director Hans van Breukelen, and Danny Blind.

"The interview, conducted on the initiative of the KNVB, took place following the lost match against Bulgaria in Sofia yesterday. Fred Grim takes place on the bench as interim coach when Orange plays against Italy in the Amsterdam Arena on Tuesday.

"We have respect for what Danny meant for us and for the team during his tenure," said professional football director Jean Paul Decossaux.

"But because the sporting results are disappointing, and now proceeds with difficulty qualifying for the World Cup in Russia, we feel we unfortunately have to say goodbye to him."

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