Euro 2020: Frank de Boer leaves Netherlands role after shock elimination

June 30, 2021
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Frank de Boer has left his role as Netherlands manager, after they were eliminated from Euro 2020, the Dutch FA announced on Tuesday.

This comes two days after their shock loss to Czech Republic in the round of 16.

De Boer was to meet with key members of the Dutch FA after their exit.

But he said: “In anticipation of the evaluation, I have decided not to continue as national coach. The objective has not been achieved, that is clear.

“When I was approached to become national coach in 2020, I thought it was an honour 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 an important match for the Dutch football on its way to World Cup qualification.”

Director of Football at the Dutch FA, Nico-Jan Hoogma, added: “Despite Frank’s efforts, the goal of reaching the quarterfinals was not reached. Our choice for Frank turned out differently than we hoped. Now I need to find a successor. Let it be clear that we are not satisfied. We would have probably made this same decision on our own in the next two days.”

De Boer was appointed in September 2020, after Ronald Koeman left to join Barcelona and signed a contract until 2022.

He took over a side which had already qualified for Euro 2020, but he became the first Netherlands boss to fail to win any of his first four matches.

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