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Blind named Netherlands head coach

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Ajax Amsterdam’s former captain, Danny Blind, is now Netherlands’ national team coach.

Danny Blind has been named head coach of the Netherlands national team from August 1. He takes over from Guus Hiddink, under whom he served as assistant coach until recently. The Dutch football federation, KNVB, said it reached an agreement with Blind and his agent about the change of position on yesterday.

Under the agreement, Blind will also serve as head coach until August 1, 2018, with a moment of evaluation scheduled after the 2015-16 season. “We are pleased that we have quickly found a suitable successor to Guus Hiddink soon after his departure, and from within our own ranks as well.

We wish Danny and his staff every success,” said KNVB director, Bert van Oostveen. Blind responded from his holiday address: “Together with the staff and players, I’ll be working hard to ensure qualification for next year’s European Championships. That’s my only goal, to reach next year’s Euros.

I’m not looking back, I’m not going to look beyond next year either – only reaching the European Championship counts.” The Netherlands head coach will give more details about his appointment at the first press conference in the run-up to the upcoming qualifiers games against Iceland on September 3 and Turkey September 6. Following Danny Blind’s appointment, KNVB said it is now looking for a new assistant coach.

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