Frank de Boer quits as Netherlands team coach after Euro 2020 debacle

Frank de Boer during Euro 2021. Photo: AFP/Kenzo Tribouillard
Frank de Boer during Euro 2021. Photo: AFP/Kenzo Tribouillard

Frank de Boer’s career as coach of the Dutch men’s football team is over two days after the 2-0 defeat to the Czech Republic at Euro 2020.

De Boer said he would take time to consider his future in the wake of Sunday’s second-round defeat to the unfancied Czechs, but on Tuesday the Dutch football association (KNVB) said he was leaving by mutual agreement.

The 51-year-old was appointed last September after Ronald Koeman quit to take the reins at Barcelona. De Boer’s 15-match spell in charge began with a 1-0 defeat to Mexico last October and included a 4-2 World Cup qualifying loss to Turkey in Istanbul.

The team won all three group stage matches at Euro 2020, which were played in Amsterdam, but came unstuck after defender Matthijs de Ligt was sent off early for handball early in the second half against the Czech Republic.

The KNVB said the coach’s decision to quit was taken at a meeting with its director of football, Nico-Jan Hoogma, and De Boer’s agent, Guido Albers, on Tuesday afternoon.

‘In anticipation of the assessment I have decided not to continue as national team coach,’ De Boer said. ‘The target has not been achieved, that is clear.

‘When I was approached as national team coach in 2020 I thought it was an honour and a challenge, but I was also aware of the pressure I would come under as soon as I was appointed.

‘The pressure increased, which is not a healthy situation for me or for the team as they prepare for an important match for Dutch football on the road to World Cup qualification.’

A successor is expected to be appointed before Oranje’s next world cup qualifying match on September 1 away to Norway.


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