The elimination of the Netherlands at the hands of the surprising Czech Republic of Jaroslav Silhavy with the goals of Tomas Holes and Patrik Schick he has had a full impact on the future of his coach, Frank de Boer. This afternoon the Netherlands Football Federation (KNVB) announced the resignation of the former Ajax and Barça player among others after the defeat in the round of 16. The decision comes two days after the disappointing elimination against a theoretically affordable rival.
The Dutch team had completed an impeccable group stage by winning all three games they played (Ukraine, Austria and North Macedonia), but in the moment of truth after the expulsion of their starting center-back Matthijs de Ligt, the team collapsed due to full. Neither Frenkie de Jong, helm in the center of the field, nor Memphis Depay, maximum offensive threat along with Giorginio Wijnaldum could avoid the unexpected debacle. Holland (Netherlands) has not reached the quarterfinals of a European Championship for thirteen years and it will add another year to his curse in this tournament.
The coach has chosen to leave himself before he was officially fired. This was stated by the KNVB itself and by himself at the beginning of his statement: “In anticipation of the evaluation, I have decided not to continue as national coach. The objective has not been achieved, that is clear “, explained the technician. From the beginning, Boer’s decisions were highly controversial, as he rejected the usual 4-3-3 and went for a 3-5-2. A banner that asked for a change of scheme and that flew over the training so he let him know.
In addition, he added that, after the elimination, he was in a very uncomfortable situation: “When I was offered to be a coach in 2020, I thought it was an honor and a challenge, but I was also aware of the pressure that was going to befall me from the moment they named me. The pressure is only increasing now and it is not healthy for me or my squad. I want to thank everyone, of course the fans and the players. ”
The KNVB football director, Nico-Jan Hoogma, clarified that if the objective of the quarterfinals had been achieved “possibly a different result would have been produced.” “The choice of Frank as coach turned out to be different than we expected. Now we must find a successor quickly because on September 1 we will play an important tie against Norway for the World Cup in Qatar,” he said. The former FC Barcelona player replaced the current Catalan team coach, Ronald Koeman. In fact, the Netherlands team is plagued with
In this way, the “worst coach in the history of the Premier League” in the words of Jose Mourinho He closes another stage as a coach to forget after his time at Inter, Crystal Palace and Atlanta United. He leaves after having directed only 15 games, a figure he did not reach at Inter (14) or at Crystal Palace (4).