Frank de Boer has left his role as Netherlands boss following their shock 2-0 loss to Czech Republic in the round of 16 of Euro 2020.
The Oranje were left stunned on Sunday as goals from Tomas Holes and Patrik Schick dumped them out of this summer’s European Championship after Matthijs de Ligt’s sending off.
The former Ajax, Inter and Crystal Palace boss was appointed in the autumn of 2020 and was expected to oversee the nation’s appearances at Euro 2020 as well as the World Cup in Qatar next year.
It was since revealed that De Boer would be evaluated should he fail to reach the last eight of Euro 2020 at least. However, the 51-year-old has decided to step down from his position even before the evaluation took place, ending a 15-match reign as Dutch boss.
The Netherlands official website revealed the news and quotes De Boer as saying: “In anticipation of the evaluation, I decided not to continue as national coach.
“The objective has not been met, that is clear. When I was approached to become a national coach in 2020 I thought it was an honour and a challenge, but I was also aware of the pressure that would come right from my appointment.
“That pressure is only increasing now, and that is not a healthy situation for me, nor for the selection leading up to such an important game for Dutch football on the way to World Cup qualification. I want to thank everyone, obviously the fans and the players. Compliments also to the management who have created a real top sports climate here on the Campus.”
The announcement leaves the Netherlands without a manger ahead of their World Cup qualification games against Norway, Montenegro and Turkey in September. However, Director of Football at the Royal Dutch Football Association has confirmed that they will be searching for a candidate to succeed De Boer as soon as possible.
“Despite all Frank’s efforts, the goal of reaching at least the quarter-finals has not been achieved. The choice of Frank turned out differently than we had hoped,” Hogoma said.
“I now need to find a successor, after good internal consultation. There is a rush, because on 1 September we will play the important qualifier against Norway in Oslo. We are now going to evaluate further, broader than the coach alone, sharpen the profile, do the work that can be expected of us here.”