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Netherlands & Mark Parsons half firm after disappointing Euro 2022

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Netherlands have parted firm with head coach Mark Parsons following a disappointing Euro 2022 that noticed the 2017 champions knocked out with a whimper within the quarter-finals.

The Oranje Leeuwinnen needed to deal with appreciable setbacks through the event, straightaway dropping captain Sari van Veenendaal within the first half of their opening sport.

Key gamers Jackie Groenen and Vivianne Miedema later examined optimistic for Covid-19, with Miedema admitting afterwards that she performed 120 minutes of the quarter-final in opposition to France with a excessive temperature even after testing unfavourable. Harm additionally dominated out Lieke Martens after the group stage.

The Dutch had proven solely flashes of their finest and struggled to place collectively full performances over 90 minutes in any of their group video games. It was then solely the heroics of rising goalkeeper Daphne van Domselaar that prevented France from operating away with the quarter-final.

KNVB ladies’s soccer chief Jan Dirk van der Zee defined that Parsons’ departure was all the way down to sub-par outcomes each earlier than and through Euro 2022.

“Within the run-up to and on the European Championship, each the sport proven and the outcomes have been disappointing and we can’t afford that,” Van der Zee mentioned in a KNVB assertion.

“The bar is excessive. The Netherlands was defending champion and in addition a finalist on the final World Cup, we wish to take part for the prizes. With a view to the present World Cup qualifying sequence, it has been determined that another person might be on the helm within the very brief time period.

“That’s not a pleasant determination, however that can be a part of prime soccer.”

The Dutch have had a reasonably settled however ageing squad for a few years, pre-dating their Euro 2017 triumph, however Van der Zee praised Parsons for integrating younger gamers this summer season. Along with Van Domeslaar, there have been alternatives for Damaris Egurrola, Kerstin Casparij, Esmee Brugts, Victoria Pelova, Marisa Olislagers and Romee Leuchter, all aged 22 or youthful.

Parsons himself mentioned in an announcement posted on social media: “I need you to know that I at all times labored with one objective in thoughts and that’s to assist this group transfer ahead. I really want to have achieved higher outcomes for you.

“This has been a really difficult 12 months however I stay honoured I’ve had the prospect to work with these gamers and KNVB.”

The 35-year-old made his title throughout profitable spells with Washington Spirit and Portland Thorns within the NWSL, the place he was awarded coach of the yr in 2016. He changed Sarina Wiegman in control of the Netherlands nationwide group in September 2021.

Netherlands will qualify for the 2023 World Cup in the event that they keep away from defeat to Iceland subsequent month.

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