Armenian national football team head coach resigns


Armenian national football team head coach, Swiss Bernard Challandes tendered his resignation to Ruben Hayrapetyan, the President of the Football Federation of Armenia (FFA), says the press service of the FFA.

Challandes decided to leave his post after a 2:1 defeat of Armenian football players to Albanians in the away match of the 2016 European Championship qualifying round.

After another failure, the Armenian team with one point shares the last place in the group with the Serbian team. However, the Armenian players had four matches which is one match more than the Serbs.

The group leaders are the Portuguese (9 points in 4 meetings), followed by Albania (7 points in 3 matches) and Denmark (7 points in 4 matches).

Through the FFA official website, Challandes thanked the coaching staff of the Football Federation, the national team and football players’ fans.

“I came to Armenia about a year ago with one goal – to help the Armenian team to qualify for the European Championship. It was a big challenge for me. In my contract it was clearly stated that we had to get the required number of points to overcome the qualifying round, otherwise I had to leave the post. That’s why now everything is clear for me,” says the statement.

Bernard Challandes wished success to the Armenian national team, noting that they have the potential. “I will always follow Armenian team’s matches. I hope they will play in the final stages of the European Championships and the World Cup,” he added.


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