Dutch coach Blind ponders on future after World Cup setback

It's a chance for the Oranje to make amends after their recent 2-0 defeat to Bulgaria in a qualifier for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation, a result which prompted Blind's dismissal.

The loss left the Dutch six points behind Group "A" leaders France, who beat Luxembourg 3-1, and down in fourth spot, three back from Sweden and two off Bulgaria with just the group winners guaranteed a place in the 2018 finals in Russian Federation.

Their subsequent failure to qualify for last summer's expanded 24-team European Championship is now being compounded by the previously unthinkable prospect of missing out on a second successive major tournament.

"But because the results are unfortunately disappointing, and the qualification for the World Cup in Russian Federation is hard, we feel forced to part ways", Decossaux said in an official statement issued by KNVB.

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Blind's assistant Fred Grim will take charge of the team for today's friendly against Italy in Amsterdam, the Dutch football federation (KNVB) said.

But De Ligt's dream debut quickly became a nightmare, making two fatal errors in the first 20 minutes before suffering the indignity of being substituted at half time to save further humiliation.

Blind replaced De Ligt at half-time, but by then the game was already beyond Oranje, who drop to fourth in Group A and are in real danger of missing out on a second successive major worldwide tournament following their failure to reach Euro 2016.

"There was a lot wrong", Robben said.

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Delev pounced on a mistake by 17-year-old Matthijs De Ligt, Holland's youngest debutant since 1931, who misjudged a pass and allowed the striker to slot the ball past Jeroen Zoet.

The gamble on De Ligt was meant to be a romantic and sentimental move by Blind, but it proved to be a auto crash that ultimately cost him his job. "I do not know why we started so poorly".

"It is evident that we have to talk", the Dutch federation's commercial director Jean-Paul Decossaux told Dutch news agency ANP. "That will undoubtedly include Ronald Koeman although we know he is also under contract with his club", Decossaux added.

The 65-year-old Van Gaal has previously said that he has now retired from coaching.

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While Cristiano Ronaldo kept moving up Europe's all-time scorers list, a demoralising loss to Bulgaria endangered the Netherlands' World Cup qualification.

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