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Dutch boss Blind weighing up future after humiliating defeat to Bulgaria

Date Posted,March 26, 2017

Danny Blind admits he unsure about his Holland future after losing to Bulgaria – ruining their World Cup qualifications ambitions.

The 2-0 loss in the Bulgarian capital saw the Dutch drop to fourth place in Group A at the halfway stage of the qualifying campaign – six points off top side France.

Holland are now facing back-to-back major tournaments sitting back at home.

“The blame is on me. It falls firmly on my roof. I must now think about it and my employer will be doing the same,” Blind told reporters.

Blind is under enormous pressure (Photo: OUTROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Blind attempted to point out his side’s faults (Photo: AFP)

“I’ve worked long enough in football to understand how it works. I must now look at myself in the mirror. It can’t carry on like this.”

Blind took over as coach from Guus Hiddink in a bid to resuscitate the Dutch qualifying campaign for the 2016 European Championships in France but a shock home defeat to Iceland in his first match in charge quickly ended any possibility of a revival.

Blind has won seven and lost seven of his 17 games in charge since taking over in 2015.

“I must be truthful to myself and to the KNVB (the Dutch football association),” the manager said.

“I must be convinced that I can get things right but we must also be honest and say that getting to Russia is now going to be a lot more difficult.

Arjen Robben looks dejects (Photo: NIKOLAY DOYCHINOVNIKOLAY DOYCHINOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Holland lost the game 2-0 (Photo: AFP PHOTO / Dimitar DILKOFFDIMITAR DILKOFF)

“I must think now whether I’m still capable of doing the job.”

Blind was heavily criticised for handing 17-year-old defender Matthijs de Ligt a starting berth after just a few matches at club level for Ajax Amsterdam.

It was the teenager’s mistake which led to a fifth minute goal for Spas Delev, who scored a second 15 minutes later.

“If I have to now judge it, it was too early to put him in the team,” Blind added.

Bulgaria could reach their first World Cup since 1998 (Photo: REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov)

“It did not work out with Matthijs as we hoped it would and that’s my responsibility. But he will become a great defender.

“But the big players also did not bring to the game what we expected from them.”

Failure to qualify for the Euro 2016 finals was a major blow just two years after the Netherlands finished third at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

In the 2018 qualifiers, they have seven points in Group A, behind France (13), Sweden (10) and Bulgaria on nine.

The Dutch next meet Italy in a friendly in Amsterdam on Tuesday. Their next World Cup qualifier is at home to neighbours Luxembourg on June 9.

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