Albania and the Czech Republic left the Polish group for the eurozone. The Moldovans fought until the end for tickets to Germany, but lost to our southern neighbors in the decisive battle. Having taken second place, Jaroslav Silhavy made an unexpected decision.
After the draw with Poland, the Czechs already had one foot in the group stage of Euro 2024. The Moldovans, who became the discovery of this qualification, tried to stop them. There were some problems before their match, because after the antics of the three players, Jaroslav Silhavy decided to send them home.
Unexpected decision after qualifying for the Euro
These unrest did not stop the Czechs from dotting their i’s. Jaroslav Silhave’s team won with a score of 3:0 and took second place in the group. After qualifying for the Euro, the coach said that this was his last match on the bench for the national team. “I want to thank the guys for the way they handled the match after all these events. We have achieved our goal – to reach the European Championship,” he said in an interview with CT Sport.
“Before the match, we decided that I would not continue to play for the national team. I informed FACR President Petr Fouska about this. The pressure was already enormous, sometimes I didn’t even realize it. This also influenced this decision,” Silhawi continued.
The Czech coach had to face pressure and constant criticism
The Czech coach has been heavily criticized in recent times, with local journalists even calling for his sacking after he and the players risked missing out on the chance of direct promotion. He was helped to retain his post until the end of the qualifying rounds by the Polish players, who, having drawn with Moldova, had to start looking at the results of other teams.
“I am convinced that I leave behind good results,” he concluded. Jaroslav Silhavy joined the Czech national team in the fall of 2018. Under his leadership, Czech players played a total of 58 matches. First in the Nations League, it retained its place in League B, and a year later qualified for EURO 2020. On the other hand, the team did not qualify for the World Cup.
The head of the Czech Football Association, Petr Fusek, also commented on this decision. “First of all, I want to express my satisfaction that we managed to qualify for the European Championship. Silhava’s coach spoke to me and informed me of his decision. I have to thank him for this qualification and for the last five years leading the team and achieving success at EURO 2020. Speculation about the name of the new national team coach is premature,” we read in the fotbal.cz press release.
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