The All India Football Federation (AIFF) extended and upgraded his contract a few months back to keep him in the job until 2013 and also has spent crores of money to ensure that the team gets the best facilities to train before the mega football extravaganza in Qatar.
Already being placed in a tough group alongside Australia, South Korea and Bahrain, the chances of India making it into the next round seem dim.
The Englishman stated that in plain terms that probably it would be the right time to move on from his current assignment.
“To be honest, it might be time for someone else,” the 63 year old was quoted saying.
“You have to be realistic, if India goes out of the Asian Cup with no points there's going to be an enormous outcry to sack the coach. Sometimes decisions are taken out of your hands,” he further explained.
Under Houghton, India has won the Nehru Cup twice along with the AFC Challenge Cup.
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