Liverpool Legend Brutally Sacked by Club During World Cup Break Barely 6 Months Into Job

Liverpool Legend Brutally Sacked by Club During World Cup Break Barely 6 Months Into Job

  • Liverpool legend Dirk Kuyt has been sacked by Dutch club ADO Den Haag
  • His reign with the club barely lasted six months as problems compounded on him both on and off the pitch
  • Kuyt retired from football in 2017 and decided to take a stab at football management

Former Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt has been sacked by second division Dutch club ADO Den Haag, 176 days into the job.

Kuyt was only appointed to the club in the summer, but his reign has come to an end barely six months in.

He leaves with ADO Den Hag languishing in position 17 out of 20 in the Dutch second division, whilst he was expected to at least compete for promorion.

The Liverpool legend only oversaw four wins as manager and fans were fast running out of patience with him.

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Dirk Kuyt, ADO Den Haag
Coach Dirk Kuyt of ADO Den Haag during the Dutch Keuken Kampioen Divisie match between ADO Den Haag v Roda JC . Photo by Pim Waslander.
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In September, frustrated fans confronted him at the club’s training grounds after he made the worst start to a campaign in ADO Den Haag’s recent history.

According to Dutch outlet AD, his sacking during the World Cup break provides the Eerste Divisie club a chance to regroup and find a replacement before club football resumes.

ADO Den Haag has since released a statement confirming the sacking, saying:

“It is a difficult day for ADO Den Haag,”
“The club has decided not to continue with Dirk Kuyt. We are convinced that a change of direction in the first team can help to turn things around. The ambition remains unchanged.
“We thank Dirk for his professionalism, commitment and dedication. In addition, we have a huge appreciation for the perseverance, resilience and inspiration that characterise Dirk as a person.

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Kuyt’s career in numbers

As a player, Kuyt is considered a Liverpool cult hero, thanks to his goals for the Merseyside club from 2006 to 2012.

At Liverpool, he scored an impressive 71 goals in 286 matches.

Source: Sports Brief News