Jaroslav Silhavy announced on Monday that he would not continue his adventure at the head of the Czech Republic national team. A decision which may surprise as the Czechia validated its qualification for Euro 2024 a few minutes earlier by beating Moldova (3-0).
Czech Republic coach Jaroslav Silhavy announced Monday evening that he was resigning from his post, just minutes after the national team qualified for Euro 2024 by beating Moldova (3-0).
“Even though we are happy now, we had already decided before the match that we would not continue,” Jaroslav Silhavy told Czech public television in a post-match interview after the match. European evening from Monday.
Very complicated qualifiers for the Czechia
The 62-year-old coach, in post since 2018, led the team to the quarter-finals of the last Euro before securing a place in the tournament next year in Germany (June 14 to July 14) . But the last months of his mandate earned him heavy criticism.
In Czechia, he was criticized for the poor performance of the selection in Group E. Qualified for the continental tournament, the Czechs finished only second behind Albania. Worse, they only won four out of eight games in the playoffs.
An extra-sporting scandal before the decisive match
Beyond the average performances of the national team despite qualifying for the Euro, Jaroslav Silhavy undoubtedly also pays the extra-sporting setbacks of his group.
The Czech team was hit by a scandal less than 48 hours before the decisive match against Moldova, when three internationals, Vladimir Coufal (West Ham), Jakub Brabec (Aris Salonika) and Jan Kuchta (Sparta Prague), were excluded from the group after spending the night from Saturday to Sunday in a nightclub.
A sense of timing, like that of the coach’s resignation, which raises questions. The name of his successor, who will guide the team during the tournament in Germany, has not yet been made official by the federation.