Soccer

Danny Blind fired as coach of Dutch football team

  • 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. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    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. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)  (The Associated Press)

  • Netherlands' coach Danny Blind reacts during their World Cup Group A qualifying soccer match against Bulgaria, at the Vassil Levski stadium in Sofia, Bulgaria, Saturday, March 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    Netherlands' coach Danny Blind reacts during their World Cup Group A qualifying soccer match against Bulgaria, at the Vassil Levski stadium in Sofia, Bulgaria, Saturday, March 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)  (The Associated Press)

  • Netherlands' coach Danny Blind after his team missed an opportunity to score during their World Cup Group A qualifying soccer match against Bulgaria, at the Vassil Levski stadium in Sofia, Bulgaria, Saturday, March 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    Netherlands' coach Danny Blind after his team missed an opportunity to score during their World Cup Group A qualifying soccer match against Bulgaria, at the Vassil Levski stadium in Sofia, Bulgaria, Saturday, March 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)  (The Associated Press)

The Dutch football association fired national coach Danny Blind on Sunday, a day after his team's humiliating 2-0 defeat to Bulgaria in a World Cup qualifier in Sofia.

KNVB director Jean Paul Decossaux said in a statement that Blind was removed because of poor results under his leadership.

Blind said he believed the team was on the right path and that the Bulgaria defeat was "an incident."

"It's a shame it ends here," he added.

Blind took over from veteran Guus Hiddink in 2015, with a mission to kickstart the Dutch team's faltering European Championship qualification campaign. He failed and the Netherlands — World Cup semifinalists in Brazil in 2014 — did not qualify for the 2016 European Championship.