Under-pressure Netherlands coach Guus Hiddink, whose side has struggled in qualifying for Euro 2016, has stepped down, the Dutch football federation (KNVB) announced on Monday.
“Guus Hiddink and the KNVB decided on Monday to end the manager’s contract from July 1,” confirmed a federation statement.
“I regret this decision,” said KNVB director of football Bert van Oostveen. “Unfortunately the rewards of Guus’ work weren’t immediately visible to everyone, but we thank Guus for his commitment,” he added. Earlier on Monday, anonymous federation sources claimed that Hiddink’s assistant Danny Blind will “directly” replace him, according to the daily De Telegraaf, public television station NOS and specialist magazine Voetbal International.
But the federation’s statement announcing Hiddink’s exit stressed, “We are still looking at who will take over the position”.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 1st, 2015.
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