Copenhagen - The Dutch football association has appointed Danny Blind as the Netherlands' national coach, replacing Guus Hiddink, whose contract was terminated Monday.
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Blind, who was an assistant to Hiddink and his predecessor Louis van Gaal, signed a contract until August 2018, with an "evaluation moment" planned at the end of the 2015-2016 season.
Blind, a former defender for Ajax and the Netherlands, said in a statement Wednesday he will "work hard with the staff and players to qualify for next year's European Championship. Reaching that (tournament) is my only goal."
The Netherlands is currently third in Group A, behind leader Iceland and the Czech Republic.
Hiddink was replaced after a disappointing season in charge following the Netherlands' third-place finish at last year's World Cup under Van Gaal.