Finland coach Antti Muurinen has been fired after his team’s hopes of qualifying for the World Cup were virtually ended by the recent 4-0 home defeat to Holland.

“The association’s board will be scrutinising both domestic and foreign coach candidates,” the Finnish football association said in a statement.

Muurinen, in charge since 2000, had a contract until the end of the qualifying campaign later this year.

His successor is due to be named on July 21.

Finland are fourth in Group One, 13 points behind the Dutch and 12 adrift of the Czech Republic.