The Orange Lionesses finished second in Group C to qualify for the knockout stage of the tournament held in England, but Parsons’ team was relegated by France in the quarter-finals after a 1–0 defeat in extra time.
The defeat meant they were unable to defend the title they won in 2017 under Sarina Wigman, who gave England their first major title this year.
A KNVB statement said they were not happy with the style of play and Parsons’ results and “had little confidence that the ambitions would be realized under the current leadership”.
KNVB board member Jan Dirk van der Zee said, “For the European Championship and beyond, both the games shown and the results were disappointing and we cannot afford it. The bar is high.”
“The Netherlands were also the defending champions and finalists in the last World Cup, we would like to participate for the prizes. Considering the current World Cup qualifying series, it has been decided that someone else will be on top for a very short period of time.” It’s not a good decision, but it’s also part of top football.”
Parsons, 36, is a former Chelsea Women’s reserve coach, having managed DC United, Washington Spirit and Portland Thorns in the United States since leaving the UK in 2010.
The current World Cup qualifying series will continue in early September. Then the Orange Lioness will make a significant comeback against Iceland.
After seven matches, the Netherlands are in first place in the group, with a two-point lead over Iceland, who have played one game less. If the team wins this match, then Netherlands will qualify for next year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
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