UAE sack Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk

UAE's coach Bert van Marwijk reacts after his team's loss at the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup Group A football match between Qatar and the United Arab Emirates at the Khalifa International Stadium in the Qatari capital Doha on December 2, 2019. (Photo by KARIM JAAFAR / AFP)

The United Arab Emirates have sacked their Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk after only nine months in the job.

The 67-year-old who led the Netherlands to the 2010 World Cup final took over the UAE national side in March.

His departure comes in the wake of the UAE’s 4-2 defeat to Qatar in the Gulf Cup on Tuesday. He had taken over from Italian Alberto Zaccheroni, who left also after a defeat to Qatar, in the semi-finals of the 2019 Asian Cup.

Van Marwijk, whose Netherlands side were beaten 1-0 by Spain in the 2010 World Cup final, coached Australia at the 2018 World Cup.

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