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Austria coach Constantini to leave at end of year

 Austria's coach Didi Constantini  lookson prior to a  Euro 2012 Group A qualifying soccer match between Austria and Turkey in Vienna, Austria, on Tue...
 Austria's coach Didi Constantini looks  on prior to a Euro 2012 Group A qualifying soccer match between Austria and Turkey in Vienna, Austria, on Tue...

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Austria's coach Didi Constantini lookson prior to a Euro 2012 Group A qualifying soccer match between Austria and Turkey in Vienna, Austria, on Tue...

Austria Turkey Euro 2012 Soccer

Austria's coach Didi Constantini looks on prior to a Euro 2012 Group A qualifying soccer match between Austria and Turkey in Vienna, Austria, on Tue...

Dietmar Constantini will step down as coach of Austria when his contract expires at the end of the year after his team failed to qualify for Euro 2012.
The 56-year-old Constantini will not be offered a new contract, president Leo Windtner of the Austrian football federation said on Wednesday, a day after a scoreless draw with Turkey ended Austria's final hopes of reaching Euro 2012.
"There is obviously no dispute between players and coach so an interim solution would be useless," said Windtner, who added that the federation wants to announce a new coach in November. "Our search is starting right now."
Constantini said his "disappointment is within limits." He will lead the team for the two remaining qualifiers in October against Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.
Austria is fourth in Group A, which has already been won by Germany. Turkey and Belgium are battling for second place.
Austria won just one game _ a friendly against Latvia _ in the last 10 matches under Constantini, who took over from Karel Bruckner halfway through World Cup qualification in April 2009.
Constantini is Austria's seventh coach since the team last qualified for a major event _ the 1998 World Cup in France. However, Austria did take part in Euro 2008 as a co-host with Switzerland.
Constantini, who played for Wacker Innsbruck and LASK Linz in the 70s, was assistant Austria coach under Alfred Riedl and Ernst Happel between 1991 and 1993, and under Otto Baric from 1999 until 2001.
He then managed several club teams, most notably Austria Vienna, and worked as a football analyst for national broadcaster ATV before taking over the national team.
In 23 matches under Constantini, Austria won 7 and lost 13 times.


Updated : 2021-01-23 04:29 GMT+08:00