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Danny Blind steps down as Netherlands coach following latest World Cup qualifying defeat

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Dutch coach Danny Blind has officially tendered his resignation to the KNVB following the Oranje’s latest defeat away to Bulgaria which has left the three-time World Cup runners-up in fourth place in Group A in the European Zone World Cup qualifiers and in the precarious position of realistically missing out on a place at Football’s greatest spectacle for the first time since the ill-fated Korea/Japan 2002 campaign.

Speaking at a press conference in Amsterdam this evening after the team arrived from Sofia where two early goals from Bulgarian Striker Spas Delev further dented Dutch hopes of a revival to their stuttering World Cup campaign, Mr. Blind had this to say:

“Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that I would have been at the helm of a Dutch team which would be struggling like this. We had a great opportunity to at least go second in the group and gain a potential play-off spot. But with this latest defeat and with only five more matches to play, there is now no more room for error. It is on this note that I wish my successor, whoever he is, good luck in guiding the Oranje to Russia because as of this hour I am no longer in charge.”

As shocked reporters and players looked on, Mr. Blind pulled out a note from his left shirt pocket and handed it to a stunned KNVB President Michael van Praag.

Mr. Blind continued:

“This should come as no surprise to anyone. This is a team that has numerous problems. The younger players are not stepping up and there is always this tendency to rely too much on Robben. Why should this be? I sincerely hope that my replacement can surely work a miracle with this current team and that they will be able to do in this World Cup campaign what they have never done before - win five consecutive games.”

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