The KNVB have parted company with coach Danny Blind following the Netherlands’ shock 2-0 loss away in Bulgaria. The loss left the Dutch in fourth place in Group A, six behind group leaders France and three behind second placed Sweden.
The Netherlands’ only two wins in European qualifying so far have come at home to Belarus and away at Luxembourg- poor stats for a team that finished runners up at the 2010 World Cup and third at Brazil 2014.
The KNVB’s last foreign coach was Ernst Happel back in 1978- since then, they’ve appointed only Dutch coaches and are unlikely to depart from that policy despite the national team’s poor results in recent times.
The Netherlands failed to qualify for the expanded Euro 2016 under Blind and the KNVB want to avoid a a repeat for Russia 2018, although whoever takes over (likely to be either Frank de Boer, Ronald Koeman or even back to Louis van Gaal) will have it somewhat easy with their first major game being at home to Luxembourg in June. The games away at France in August and at home against Sweden will shape up as key games to decide their World Cup fate.
Blind’s record in charge of Holland- Played 18, W8, D3, L7 for a win percentage of 44%
Danny Blind’s last game in charge of the Netherlands (Bulgaria 2-0 Ned, via soccer-blogger.com)