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This stat perfectly highlights the sad and sorry demise of Dutch football

Peter Bosz was sacked by Borussia Dortmund on Sunday after a terrible run of results

There was a time when Dutch managers were the flavour of the month.

Johan Cruyff’s total football legacy inspired a plethora of wannabee disciples, many of whom ended up in the biggest roles in management across Europe.


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Johan Cruyff tried to persuade Dennis Bergkamp to join him at Barcelona

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Cruyff is regarded as one of football’s great pioneers

But that isn’t the case anymore.

And after Peter Bosz was sacked by Borussia Dortmund on Sunday after a torrid run of results, the demise of Dutch football has been hammered home emphatically.

Bosz was relieved of his duties after a sequence of just one win since September, with Dortmund 13 points off the top of the Bundesliga table and out of the Champions League.

Things didn’t go to plan for Bosz

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Things didn’t go to plan for Bosz

And his sacking means there are now no Dutch managers employed at a club in Europe’s top five leagues.

Not a single one.

Bosz follows in the footsteps of the likes of Ronald Koeman and Frank De Boer who were given their marching orders within the first few months of the current season.

Elsewhere household names like Louis van Gaal and Guus Hiddink are all still outside club management.

Koeman was the second Dutch manager to be sacked in the Premier League this season

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Koeman was the second Dutch manager to be sacked in the Premier League this season

And it’s not much better on the field either.

The Dutch failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia next summer too after a desperate qualifying campaign.

Is this the lowest point in the nation’s rich history in the sport?


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