Vietnam head coach Hoang Van Phuc’s planned resignation after a disappointing showing at the SEA Games fell on deaf ears after the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) rejected his move.
The head coach for both the Under-23 and senior teams had recently asked to be allowed to step down from his role, following a run of poor results.
The U23s failed to progress past the group stage of the SEA Games despite thrashing Brunei 7-0 and Laos 5-0, finishing third in their group after losing 1-0 to Singapore and 2-1 to Malaysia.
“I am the head coach and I will shoulder all the blame and comments as the U23s were not successful," Van Phuc said.
“I have told VFF general secretary Ngo Le Bang that I want to quit. I do not blame anybody for this loss. It is football. When you win you will have everything, but if you lose, people will see problems everywhere.”
However, VFF deputy chairman Nguyen Lan Trung said that although Van Phuc may have the right to quit, he has signed a work contract with the VFF and the federation will have the final say.
Van Phuc’s next assignment will be for Vietnam’s game against Hong Kong in a 2015 Asian Cup qualifying round tie at the My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi on March 5.