Berti Vogts has resigned as head coach of Azerbaijan after six years at the helm, with the country’s football association confirming his departure following a meeting with its President, Rovnag Abdullayev in Zurich.
“Vogts, unfortunately, said that he did not see a future with the Azerbaijani national team,” the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan, AFFA said in a statement on its website.
“He said that the team had lacked assertiveness in their last game (a 6-0 loss to Croatia in a Euro 2016 qualifier on Monday), there was also the problem of physical conditioning. He has pointed this out on a number of occasions over the last few years, but a decision was never taken to fix this.”
Vogts, who led Germany to victory at Euro 1996, took over as head coach of Azerbaijan in April 2008 and helped them earn a record nine points in their qualification campaign for the 2014 World Cup. He once coached Nigeria.
The 67-year-old was also in charge of Azerbaijan’s first three qualifying matches for Euro 2016, Group H defeats to Bulgaria, Italy and Croatia.