Frank de Boer reveals why he left Netherlands team after Euro 2020 exit


Frank de Boer said he had to resign as the head coach of the Netherlands national team because it was no longer healthy for him to retain the position after the exit of the team from the ongoing Euro 2020.

Recall that the Netherlands who were one of the favorites to win the European Championship due to how well endowed the team is in terms of talented players finished in the round of 16. The most shocking part was that they were knocked out of the tournament by a less-rated Czech Republic side.

The Netherlands were so poor in the game that they could not score against the Czech Republic as their opponents went on to beat them 2-0 which was a shocking result to most football fans.

Before the round of 16 game, Frank de Boer led the Netherlands to beat, Ukraine 3-2, Austria 2-0, and North Macedonia 3-0 to finish the group stage with the 9 maximum points.

Due to their top spot finish in Group C, they were paired with a less fancy team, the Czech Republic that struggled to qualify from the group stage. Yet, the Dutch side failed to progress to the third stage of the competition.

Two days after the unexpected exit from the ongoing European Championship, Frank de Boer took to Instagram to announce his exit from the national team.

He resigned about a year after he was appointed the coach of the national team. His appointment came when the former coach of the Dutch team, Ronald Koeman left the team to join FC Barcelona in the summer of 2020.

Frank de Boer after the Netherlands were knocked out of the Euro 2020 by the Czech Republic.
Frank de Boer after the Netherlands were knocked out of the Euro 2020 by the Czech Republic.

In the Instagram post Frank de Boer used to announce that he has left the national team, the 51-year-old Dutch tactician said the exit of the team from the European Championship has increased the pressure on him and the team ahead of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

He went on to thank the Dutch FA, the players, and the fans of the national team for their support during his short reign as the head of the Dutch team.

He wrote: “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.

“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.”

Frank de Boer’s resignation has placed pressure on the Dutch FA who must appoint a successor as soon as possible before the World Cup qualification series commence across Europe.

At the time of publishing this report, the FA has not commenced the search for the coach that will lead the talented Dutch football squad ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.


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