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Dirk Kuyt has been sacked by Dutch club ADO Den Haag

Former Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt has been sacked by ADO Den Haag after a poor start to the season.

The 42-year-old former Dutch international was only appointed coach of the Dutch second division club in the summer but left the team after just 176 days, 17th in the table. from 20.

Kuyt notched up just four wins and was confronted with frustrated fans at the training ground in September after the club’s worst start to a season.

Dutch media outlet AD reported on his dismissal from the Eerste Divisie, which is currently on a World Cup break until December 11, and offered ADO an opportunity to act.

They were expected to be in contention for promotion to the Eredivisie this season under Kuyt, having lost the promotion play-off to Excelsior on penalties in May after squandering a three-goal lead in the second leg.

Kuyt, who scored 71 goals in 286 games for Liverpool between 2006 and 2012, was hoping for a successful start in management but endured a tumultuous period instead.

Alongside poor results, technical manager Daryl Janmaat resigned and key players Thomas Verheydt and Ricardo Kishna submitted transfer requests.

In September, police officers were forced to visit the training ground after receiving information that supporters were planning a protest.

It wasn’t long before fans turned white handkerchiefs to Kuyt in the 2-2 draw with Jong AZ and the results didn’t take off much from there.

They have not won in their last five games and were beaten 1-0 by Roda in their last game at home, leaving the team fourth in the table with just 16 points from 16 games.

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