The KNVB have confirmed that coach Guus Hiddink has left his position with the national team after a year in charge.

  • By Michael Bell
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0000000hiddinkThe 68-year-old has come under heavy criticism since taking over from Louis van Gaal last summer, with Netherlands winning only four of his ten games in charge and currently languishing in third place in their European Championships qualifying group.

With the next qualifiers not until September, Guus Hiddink has now decided it is the best time to leave his position, with his assistant Danny Blind set to take over. The KNVB had already announced that Blind would take over after the Euros in 2016, but the former Ajax coach will now step up to the main position.

Guus Hiddink said on his exit in a statement on the KNVB website, “I am sorry it went this way,”

“I thought it was an honour to again coach the Dutch national team and I wish my successor, the staff and the players every success on the way to the European Championships in France.”

KNVB director Bert van Oostveen added, “I regret this development. Unfortunately, the results of Guus’ work were not immediately visible for everyone. We thank Guus for his efforts.”




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