Danny Blind sacked as Netherlands head coach after Bulgaria defeat

The Netherlands have sacked head coach Danny Blind after two years in charge.

It follows a 2-0 defeat by Bulgaria on Saturday that leaves the Netherlands fourth in their World Cup qualifying group at the halfway stage.

Blind, 55, took over as coach from Guus Hiddink in 2015, but his side failed to qualify for the European Championships in France last summer.

The Dutch FA said recent results left the team “with difficulty qualifying for the World Cup in Russia”.

Fred Grim will take charge as interim coach when the Netherlands face Italy on Tuesday.


Samen gewerkt op het allerhoogste niveau, een droom voor ons beide als vader en zoon. Het was niet makkelijk en het heeft niet altijd mee gezeten maar ik ben trots op hoe je je altijd verantwoordelijk heb gehouden en nooit heb opgegeven! – Working together as father and son at top level was a dream that came true. You never walked away from your responsibilities and you never gave up. I’m proud of you

Manchester United’s Daley Blind had a message for his father after he was sacked as Netherlands boss.