Dirk Kuyt

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

The ex-Holland international, 42, was only appointed as the Dutch second division club’s coach back in the summer but leaves after only 176 days with the team 17th of 20 in the table.

Kuyt oversaw just four wins and was confronted by frustrated supporters at the training ground in September after the club’s worst start to a season ever.

Dutch media outlet AD reported his sacking with the Eerste Divisie currently on a World Cup pause until December 11, offering ADO a chance to act.

It was expected they would challenge for promotion into the Eredivisie this season under Kuyt after they lost May’s promotion play-off on penalties to Excelsior after blowing a three-goal lead in the second leg.

Kuyt, who scored 71 goals in 286 matches for Liverpool between 2006 and 2012, was hopeful of a successful start to management but endured a turbulent time instead.

As well as bad results, technical manager Daryl Janmaat resigned and key players Thomas Verheydt and Ricardo Kishna submitted transfer requests.

In September, police officers had to attend the training ground after receiving intelligence that supporters were planning to stage a protest.

It didn’t take long for the fans to turn against Kuyt with white handkerchiefs waved during their 2-2 draw with Jong AZ and results didn’t pick up much from there.

They have failed to win in their last five games and were beaten 1-0 at home by Roda in their last outing, leaving the team fourth bottom with just 16 points from 16 games.

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