Jaroslav Silhavy, coach of the Czech national football team, announced his resignation today, Monday, just minutes after the team qualified for the Euro 2024 finals, beating Moldova 3-0.
The 62-year-old coach revealed to Czech state television, in an interview after the match: “Although I am now experiencing a happy moment, I had already decided before the match that I would not continue.”
Silhavi, who led the Czech team to the quarter-finals of the last European Championship, was criticized for the team’s poor performance in Group E, where it finished second behind Albania, after winning only four matches out of a total of eight matches.
Scandal also rocked the Czech national team less than 48 hours before the decisive match against Moldova, when three international players – Vladimir Coufal (West Ham), Jakub Brabek (Aris Salonica) and Jan Kuchta (Sparta Prague) – were excluded from the squad. A group after spending the night from Saturday to Sunday at a nightclub.
The Albanian national team ranked first in Group Five with 15 points, equal to the Czech Republic, which came in second place, followed by Poland with 11, Moldova with 10, and the Faroe Islands with two points.
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