Netherlands sack head coach Blind


The Dutch national team have struggled for results under Blind, winning just five of their nine matches since the coach was promoted from assistant in 2015.

And, following this weekend’s loss to Bulgaria, the Netherlands find themselves fourth in Group A, three points adrift of second and a further three behind leaders France.

A statement on the Dutch FA's website read: 'The KNVB has decided to dismiss head coach Danny Blind immediately from office. That's today agreed in a meeting between the KNVB, represented by professional football director Jean Paul Decossaux and technical director Hans van Breukelen, and Danny Blind.'

KNVB director Jean Paul Decossaux further added: "We have respect for what Danny meant for us and for the team during his tenure. But because the sporting results, unfortunately, are disappointing, and now proceeds with difficulty qualifying for the World Cup in Russia, we feel unfortunately forced leave of him take.”