Guus Hiddink has left his post as the head coach of The Netherlands after just 10 months of being in charge.

This was the 68 year old manager’s second spell in charge of the Oranje. He took charge from current Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal in August 2014 and had a contract until the end of Euro 16.

Hiddink lost 5 of his 10 matches in charge of the Netherlands.

They are five points behind leaders Iceland and three adrift of the Czech Republic in Group A.

“I am sorry that it went this way,” said Hiddink.

“I thought it was an honour to again coach the Dutch national team and I wish my successor, the staff and the players every success on the way to the European Championships in France.”

The 68-year-old has handed control of the Dutch national team to his assistant Danny Blind with the team third in their European qualifying group and facing the possibility of a play-off tie to qualify for next year’s tournament in France.

Blind was originally slated to take over after Euro 2016, but after finishing third at the 2014 World Cup, Hiddink’s team have since won just four times in 10 games and sit five points behind leaders Iceland and three adrift of the Czech Republic in Group A.

Hiddink’s Netherlands defeated Spain 2-0 in a friendly in March, but suffered defeats to Iceland and the Czech Republic to damage their hopes of qualifying for Euro 2016.

The top two finishers in each of the nine qualifying groups, plus the highest-placed team finishing third will automatically qualify for the finals in France next year. They will be joined by the winners of four play-off ties contested by the remaining eight third-placed teams.

Dutch Football Association (KNVB) director Bert van Oostveen said: “I regret this development. Unfortunately, the results of Guus’s work were not immediately visible for everyone.”

The former Real Madrid, PSV Eindhoven and Chelsea coach has also managed Australia, Russia, Turkey and South Korea in a 28-year career.

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