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KNVB and Danny Blind part ways

KNVB Media
KNVB Media
26 March 2017, 23:15

Danny Blind on the sideline during Bulgaria v Netherlands - Foto: KNVB Media

The KNVB has decided to relieve Netherlands coach Danny Blind of his duties. The decision has immediate effect. It came following talks between the KNVB, represented by its Director of Professional Football Jean Paul Decossaux and Technical Director Hans van Breukelen, and Danny Blind.

The KNVB had called the meeting in the wake of Netherlands’ defeat against Bulgaria in Sofia. Blind’s assistant Fred Grim will take charge this coming Tuesday when the Netherlands take on Italy in a friendly in the Amsterdam ArenA. In the coming period, the KNVB will be hunting for a new national coach.

Regrets

KNVB Director Decossaux said he regrets having to say farewell to Blind. "We have respect for what Danny did for us and for the team during his tenure. But because the sporting results have been disappointing and the World Cup qualifying campaign is proceeding with difficulty, we unfortunately felt forced to relieve him of his duties."

Blind expressed sadness at the decision: "We were on the right track. I think the game against Bulgaria was a one-off incident. I gave everything I had. It's too bad that it's now ending with this."

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