World Cup hosts Qatar announced Friday that national coach Felix Sanchez had been let go with the end of his contract after the team’s dismal World Cup.
04 January 2023, 12:00 AM
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The Qatar Football Association (QFA) has announced that national team head coach Felix Sanchezs contract will not be renewed.
For over five years, the Spaniard has helmed the Qatar senior national team, which has coincided with one of Al Annabi's most successful eras.
The Qatar Football Association said it had decided “not to extend Felix Sanchez’s contract as head coach of the Qatar national team. We are grateful for his service and wish him all the best for the future.”
The Spaniard’s latest deal with Qatar finishes on December 31 but his future had been doubt after the Gulf state, which spent tens of billions of dollars preparing for the World Cup, failed to reach the second round.
The team were hidden away in training camps in Europe for months before the start of the tournament and there has since been criticism of the tactic.
The QFA said Sanchez, 47, wanted to pursue new opportunities and that the two parties would part ways on Dec. 31.
“The past 5-1/2 years with Qatar’s senior national team have been a once in a lifetime opportunity," Sanchez said in a statement.