The news hasn’t come as a big surprise, but the Dutch national team and Mark Parsons have parted ways. This was communicated by the KNVB – the Dutch FA – this morning. The reason given for the separation was the fact that disappointing performances and results couldn’t continue like this anymore.
KNVB’s reaction to Parsons
The KNVB’s director for women’s football, Jan Dirk van der Zee says the following:
“In the run-up to and at the European Championships, both the game and the results were disappointing and we cannot afford that. The bar is high. The Netherlands were defending champion and also a finalist at the last World Cup, we want to compete for prizes. In view of the current World Cup qualification series, it has been decided that someone else will be at the helm in the very short term. That is not a nice decision, but it is also part of top football.”Embed from Getty Images
He leaves the Dutch national side having coached 18 games: 10 wins, 5 draws, and 3 losses. That’s a win percentage of 55,56% – quite average for the team that was second in the last World Cup. This was reflected by the performances in Euro 2022, where the quarter-finals were the end for the Leeuwinnen. Although we need to stress that the Dutch were haunted by injuries, COVID cases and a general implementation of very young players.
It didn’t seem like a fit from the beginning and the search will continue for the next head coach as the Netherlands have a vital World Cup qualifier against Iceland in a few weeks time. Not only will the search for a new head coach continue, but there are also need to be questions asked about the recruitment of the KNVB. Where did it go wrong? And, why depart with a coach relatively quick?