Soccer boss: National team coach will go if Armenia fails to beat Albania

Armenian national soccer team coach Bernard Challandes will resign if the Havakakan fails to beat Albania in an upcoming Euro-2016 qualifier, Armenian Football Federation head Ruben Hayrapetyan said.

Armenia resume their Euro-2016 qualifying campaign by traveling to Albania on March 29. The team has only one point after three qualifiers played under the new Swiss coach last fall and is behind all Group I rivals including Denmark, Portugal, Albania and Serbia.

Appearing on the Soccer Hour show of Armenia TV on Thursday night, Hayrapetyan said that Challandes had admitted his mistakes, in particular in the game against Portugal last November.

“I have set the task to him to take the team to the European championship finals. If we fail to beat Albania, Challandes will resign,” he said.

After Armenia lost to Portugal 0-1 Hayrapetyan, in particular, criticized the Swiss specialist for choosing to play defensive soccer. “If we think only about keeping our goal safe, we cannot have a success,” he said then.