Netherlands boss Frank de Boer has stepped down from his role just a couple of days after the Netherlands crashed out of Euro 2020. Mattias de Ligt was sent off which allowed the Czech republic to exploit the gaps in a 2-0 win. De Boer replaced Ronald Koeman at the helm last summer after the latter was appointed as the head coach of Barcelona.
De boer would have had an automatic extension had he reached the quarter final of Euro 2020. De boer revealed that his goal with the national team had not been achieved and thus he will be stepping down with immediate effect.
“In anticipation of the evaluation, I have decided not to continue as national coach,” Netherlands boss Frank De Boer said. “The goal has not been achieved, that is clear. When I was approached to become a national coach in 2020, I thought it was an honor and a challenge, but I was also aware of the pressure that would come upon me from the moment I was appointed.”
“That pressure is only increasing now, and that is not a healthy situation for me, nor for the squad in the run-up to such important matches for Dutch football on their way to World Cup qualification,” he added. “I want to thank everyone, of course, the fans and the players. My compliments also to the management who have created a real top sports climate here on campus.”
The Netherlands was one of the favorites heading into the knockout stages as they won all three of their group stage games against Austria, Ukraine, and North Macedonia.
“The choice for Frank turned out differently than we had hoped,” said KNVB director of football Nico-Jan Hoogma. “A successor must now be found by me, after good internal consultation.