Englishman Stephen Constantine has announced his resignation as the Indian national team head coach following the Blue Tigers AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 exit. India lost their final Group A match against Bahrain today and bowed out of the continental championship.
“I have been here for four years. My objective from day one was to qualify for the Asian Cup and we have done that,” Constantine said at the post-match press conference.
“I am exceptionally proud of the players for everything that they have given. I thank the All India Football Federation, Kushal Das, Praful Patel and Abhishek Yadav for the support that they have given me.”
“I think my cycle is finished. I did what I was asked. It is time for me to move on,” Constantine signed off.
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) released a first statement on its social media channels in reaction to Constantine’s announcement.
“Mr. Stephen Constantine has announced his resignation as the Head Coach of the Indian National Team,” AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das stated. “We haven’t received any official communication from him yet but we accept his decision and thank him for his contribution to Indian football.”
Mr. @StephenConstan has announced his resignation as the Head Coach of the Indian National Team. We haven’t received any official communication from him yet but we accept his decision & thank him for his contribution to #Indianfootball: Mr. Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF pic.twitter.com/S792tJ6r1h
— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) 14. Januar 2019