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Halilhodzic hits out at media after quitting Algeria post

Halilhodzic hits out at media after quitting Algeria post

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The Bosnian made history by leading the north African nation into the last 16 of the World Cup but says his work was "stigmatised" in some sections of the press

Vahid Halilhodzic has lashed out at unspecified members of Algeria's media after resigning as national team coach, saying he will "never forgive or forget" the treatment he received at the hands of a small group of journalists.

The Bosnian made history by leading a country that had never before survived the group stages into the last 16 of this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

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Halilhodzic has nonetheless decided to stand down, explaining that it had been a difficult decision to do so, while at the same time taking a parting shot at the press.

“I am proud of my record after serving out my contract with the FAF,” the Bosnian stated. "Having lived for three years in Algeria, my family obligations and the attraction of new sporting challenges weighed heavily on my decision.

“I want to thank, first of all, his excellency president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, whose warm words profoundly touched me. I also want to thank prime minister Abdelmalek Sellal for his encouragement and kind wishes, and the president of the FAF, Mohamed Raouraoua, with whom we have worked for three years to realise our objectives and who put at my disposal a squad with all the necessary means to achieve this difficult mission.

“I wish to pay tribute to the players and the technical, medical and administrative staff who gave me every assistance throughout this mission.

“The wonderful Algerian public wished me well since the day I first arrived and have remained loyal to me. I will always keep the fond memory of the extraordinary welcome they gave us on our return from the World Cup.

“The only sour note, which I want to confront, is the behaviour of certain - though thankfully not all - members of the press, who never ceased to stigmatise not only my work but also me and my family.

“I will never forget or forgive that.”

Halilhodzic has been linked with managerial position at Turkish Super Lig club Trabzonspor.

 

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