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Iran and Honduras coaches quit after failing to advance in 2014 World Cup

Jun 25, 2014, 11:59 PM EDT

Bosnia-Herzegovina v Iran: Group F - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

Carlos Queiroz and Luis Fernando Suarez, the 2014 World Cup coaches of Iran and Honduras, respectively, quit their jobs on Wednesday following their side’s failure to advance out of the group stage.

Queiroz (pictured) made the announcement shortly after his side’s 3-1 defeat at the hands of Group F opponent Bosnia-Herzegovina saying he was leaving due to the failure to agree to financial terms with Iranian soccer authorities.

“I showed my commitment and credibility, but I did not see any commitment to extend the contract,” Queiroz said. “I fell in love with Iran, but you can’t have a marriage in which only one side wants to marry.”

Despite a 0-0 draw in the opener with Nigeria and a 0-1 loss to Argentina in stoppage time, Queiroz was criticized by some for overly defensive tactics, a style the 61-year-old Portuguese manager claims he adopted due to his players’ lack of offensive experience. No word has come down regarding the status of Queiroz’ assistant coaches, including goalkeeping coach, American Dan Gaspar.

Suarez announced his time with Honduras had come to an end due to his expiring contract and desire to see someone else take control. “It’s not a resignation. It’s not an issue with the contract,” Suarez said. “I unilaterally take the decision of not continuing.”

“I’m leaving with a good conscience. I don’t think this is a defeat,” he added. “I leave with a clean soul and conscience thinking I gave my best.”

The Hondurans failed to earn a single point in Group E, losing all three matches they played. After opening the tournament with a 3-0 loss to France, they then lost 2-1 to Ecuador and 3-0 to Switzerland, a string of defeats that Suarez, at least in part, felt responsible for.

“I’m sorry I didn’t manage more,” said Suarez, who has been Honduras coach since March 2011. “I’m sad because I had a dream about this World Cup.”

The resignations of Queiroz and Suarez come one day after Cesare Prandelli quit his post as Italy manager following the 0-1 loss to Uruguay.

  1. pauloblitzz - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    I think they both did a good job really, especially Queiroz. Neither team was going to get out of the group no matter who the coach was any how but they showed well. Honduras might have done better vs the Swiss but either way their eliminated in that game so hard to take much from that. The other teams in this group were very solid.

    • footballer4ever - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:31 AM

      Realistically speaking though, after 4 years of work and no concrete and positive WC results then it’s best for a coach to move on, take a well deserve brean and then look for other football challenges while the football federation looks for another coach who can improve the national football team further.

  2. bishopofblunder - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:36 AM

    Correct me if I am wrong, but Queiroz already stated before the tournament that he would be leaving regardless of the team’s results.

  3. mazblast - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    “but you can’t have a marriage in which only one side wants to marry”

    Queiroz didn’t learn much about Islam while he coached the Islamic Republic’s team, did he?

    IMO he and Suarez each did a good job with what they had. Just making the Cup group stage was an accomplishment.

    Prandelli, OTOH, is another matter.

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