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Van Marwijk resignation lamented, though expected

Kevin Strootman was filled with disappointment as news came to him that Bert van Marwijk has resigned as the Netherlands boss.

The 60-year-old veteran coach mutually agreed with the Dutch FA (KNVB) to conclude his contract following a disappointing Euro 2012 performance in which the Oranje finished bottom of Group B and failed to earn even a single point from any of their three games.

Even with the obvious issue of underperformance by the former Feyenoord boss, Strootman still feels indebted to Marwijk for handing him his first international cap last year, against Austria.

"It's too bad that the coach has quit," the PSV midfielder wrote on Twitter. "But I'm glad that under Van Marwijk I got the chance to make my debut for my country."

Current Feyenoord trainer Ronald Koeman has already stated that he is not running to replace the former coach.

Dutch footballer Wesley Sneijder also articulated his sympathy for Marwijk.

Sneijder was pretty much quick to defend his former coach, who had previously enjoyed great success with the national team, guiding them to the finals of the 2010 World Cup, where they were eventually dominated by the La Roja.

"After we dropped out of the Euros a lot of things were said. It's a shame that a decision has already been made, it's very fast," he told NOS.

"Van Marwijk has been always very positive with this group of players. We all know that it's very hard to be coach of a national squad. You have to not only deal with the media, but in Netherlands you have to deal with 16 million coaches at home. The pressure is huge."

The 28-year-old Sneijder also revealed that he is not yet thinking about who will be the replacement of Van Marjwik.

"I just walked in to a restaurant and I'm bombarded by text messages and phone calls," he added. "For me, and I think for everyone, this is new. I don't have a clue who the new coach will be."

Louis Van Gaal, Frank Rijkaard, and Co Adriaanse are currently the leading candidates to replace Van Marwijk as Netherlands coach.

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