Philippines part ways with Weiss

The German coach's three year speall with the Azkals has come to and end with the PFF reshuffling the coaching set-up to target major honours
The Philippines Football Federation (PFF) have confirmed the departure of national team Head Coach Hans Michael Weiss on Monday.

Weiss who has been in charge of the Azkals since 2011 was dismissed following rumours that began in late 2013 that the German's position was under evaluation.

In a statement to the media the PFF added: “PFF made a year-end evaluation with team management and determined that a re-organisation of the coaching staff is the best for the team. The coaching staff will be reformed in time for the AFC Challenge Cup 2014 Finals in May 2014."

The Azkals have set the targe of winning the Challenge Cup in Maldives and earn a place in next years AFC Asian Cup in Australia. The AFF Suzuki Cup in Singapore and Vietnam at the end of 2014 is also in the sights of the PFF after two consecutive semi-final finishes in previous editions.

48-year-old Weiss led Philippines to 127th in the Fifa World Ranking, the team's highest ever position. He was previously based in Rwanda working as a technical director and then leading the Under-20 team. He also had spells in China and Japan.

Azkals team manager Dan Palami has reportedly also targetted Weiss' replacement with some five to six names believed to be on a shortlist that includes former European players.