Van Gaal to look for a new Dutch coach

Bulgaria stayed on course to reach the World Cup finals for the first time since 1998 after Spas Delev gave them a 2-0 win over toothless Netherlands in a Group A qualifier on Saturday with his first global goals.

Netherlands' coach Danny Blind looks at his watch during their World Cup Group A qualifying soccer match against Bulgaria, at the Vassil Levski stadium in Sofia, Bulgaria, Saturday, March 25, 2017.

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.

Their World Cup qualifying campaign hadn't started much better either, so a clash with Bulgaria on Saturday evening looked pivotal to their hopes of reaching the finals in Russian Federation.

Blind's assistant, Fred Grim, will temporarily replace him when the Netherlands plays Italy in a friendly on Tuesday in Amsterdam.

But worse was to come four minutes later as De Ligt let a speculative high ball fall over his shoulder and collided with goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet, allowing Spas Delev to tap in for the opening goal in just the fifth minute, his first worldwide strike. "The first half was shocking".

After the match, Blind accepted responsibility for the shock defeat, which was sure to lead to questions about his leadership.

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"There was a lot wrong", Robben said.

In an attempt at a short-term fix the Dutch football association, KNVB, has sacked Danny Blind as manager after a miserable 20 months in charge.

KNVB director Jean-Paul Decossaux had earlier said at a press conference that Koeman would be the type of candidate they were looking for. No foreigner has coached the Dutch national team since the great Austrian Ernst Happel led it to the 1978 World Cup final in Argentina.

"Ronald Koeman can such a person be".

"We can not say we are not able to get to the World Cup, because there are still some games to go", he said.

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

He has had two spells as Netherlands coach, taking the team to third place at the 2014 World Cup.

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