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Van Breukelen quits as technical director of Dutch football association

IANS logoIANS 21-06-2017

The 60-year-old former goalkeeper, who won the European title with the Dutch national team in 1988, started his job last July by signing a contract for three years. With his departure, announced on Tuesday, a turbulent period of 13 months comes to an end, reports Xinhua news agency.

Van Breukelen was jointly responsible for the dismissal of national team coach Danny Blind.

The search for a successor went far from smoothly and in May the KNVB announced the return of Dick Advocaat as new head coach for the remainder of the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign, with the Dutch far from qualifying at a third place in group A.

"I am leaving with a good feeling," reacted Van Breukelen in a press release. "Because I know I have been working hard to achieve our goals. However, I remain self-critical. I did not succeed in fulfilling my and our ambitions. Therefore I draw my conclusions."

"It is a shame, but we part ways in a good way," reacted Jean-Paul Decossaux, deputy director professional football at the KNVB.

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