KNVB-top acknowledges mistakes in the search for a new head coach Dutch national team

KNVB-top acknowledges mistakes in the search for a new head coach Dutch national team

The top of the KNVB, in an interview with the Volkskrant on Friday to errors made in the selection process for the new coach.

“In business it is good to have three candidates next to each other, a process to go through. In football can’t do that, that is really a error which I have learned”, interim-director Jean Paul Decossaux.

To the appointment of Dick Advocaat as coach was a big riot in advance: “The one leaks, the other has an interest, and the third put a journalist in his car”, explained Decossaux. “You create chaos.”

He says also that he is the former technical director Hans van Breukelen, not only with the candidates had to talk. “I had with Hans to go when he and the candidates started talking. Let that error is hard to admit.”


The function of technical director Of Breukelen was from the beginning under fire. Decossaux takes the blame on himself. “He is not well, not well supported, not by me. If you have a percentage should stick to the question of why it failed, is 60 to 80 percent fault of his own.”

Prior to the appointment of Van Breukelen had the KNVB difficult cases, should be shut down, director of amateur football Jan Dirk van der Zee. “The lack of protection for Hans, I think very ill. We have him on some moments.”

Commercial director Decossaux also indicates that he is in the period after the loss against Bulgaria was not suitable as general director. “At that time, had a voetbalman to sit down.”

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