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Netherlands coach De Boer stepped down after Euro 2020 exit

The Netherlands lost 2-0 to Czech Republic in the third knockout match of last-16 in Euro 2020. After failing to reach the quarter-finals of the European Championship, Frank de Boer has stepped down as manager of the Netherlands. The official website of the team has confirmed that the Dutchman is willing to shed off his responsibilities as a Netherlands coach following a poor Euro 2020 campaign.

Three of those victories came as the Netherlands breezed through the group stages of this football tournament, securing a clash with the Czech Republic in the last 16. However, the Dutch fell short of their quarter-final aim in Budapest, losing 2-0, prompting De Boer to resign before a planned meeting with KNVB chiefs. 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 a 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 Dutch football on its way to World Cup qualification.”

“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 association said in a statement, “After consultations this afternoon, it has been decided that both parties will separate with immediate effect. Frank de Boer has announced that he does not want to continue, which is also in line with the contract between both parties, which required a place in the quarter-finals. That contract will not be renewed.”

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