Blind sacked as Dutch coach after shock loss

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29 March, 2017

Bulgaria stayed on course to reach the World Cup finals for the first time since 1998 after Spas Delev gave them a 2-0 win over toothless Netherlands in a Group A qualifier on Saturday with his first worldwide goals.

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.

Since he left to join Manchester United, however, the Dutch side have been in freefall, failing to qualify for last year's European Championship and in serious danger of not making the World Cup.

After finishing third at the 2014 World Cup, the Dutch missed out on Euro 2016 and now find themselves in fourth place midway through their campaign to reach Russian Federation, six points off the lead in Group A and three back of a potential playoff spot.

Assistant Fred Grim temporarily takes over on Tuesday in the friendly against Italy in Amsterdam.

"There was a lot wrong", Robben said.

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He came under fire for the decision to debut 17-year-old Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt against Bulgaria, as the centre-back was at fault for the two goals.

It was the teenager's mistake which led to a fifth minute goal for Spas Delev, who scored a second 15 minutes later. "The first half was shocking".

After the match Blind told journalists that the task of qualifying for Russian Federation had become harder and questioned whether he was still the man for the job.

"We have respect for what Danny meant to us and the team during his tenure". No foreigner has coached the Dutch national team since the great Austrian Ernst Happel led it to the 1978 World Cup final in Argentina. "That will undoubtedly include Ronald Koeman although we know he is also under contract with his club", Decossaux added. "I do not know why we started so poorly". De Telegraaf say Koeman wanted the job three years ago, but was cast aside, and now he's quite happening achieving success with Everton in the Premier League.

"It was a painful defeat in Sofia, during which the chances of the Netherlands qualifying for the World Cup diminished".


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