Netherlands have sacked coach Danny Blind in the wake of their World Cup qualifying loss to Bulgaria.
The Dutch Football Association (KNVB) has called time on the former defender’s reign after only 20 months and 18 matches.
Saturday’s 2-0 defeat in Sofia was Netherland’s second in their opening five games in World Cup qualifying Group A and left them in fourth place in the pool, already six points behind leaders France and three behind second-placed Sweden.
KNVB director Jean Paul Decossaux said in a statement that Blind was removed because of poor results under his leadership.
Blind said he believed the team was on the right path and that the Bulgaria defeat was “an incident.”
“It’s a shame it ends here,” he added.
Blind took over from veteran Guus Hiddink in 2015, with a mission to kickstart the Dutch team’s faltering European Championship qualification campaign. He failed and the Netherlands — World Cup semifinalists in Brazil in 2014 — did not qualify for the 2016 European Championship.