Hungary’s head coach since the summer of 2015, Bernd Storck, has left his post with immediate effect after a rollercoaster two years in charge of the men’s national team. His assistant Andreas Möller leaves with him but his other countrymen in the national-team set-up will remain in their positions. The Hungarian Football Association (MLSZ) executive committee is now seeking a new coach with suitable international experience.
Storck and MLSZ terminated their contract on mutual agreement, spokesman for the MLSZ Jenő Sipos said.
Storck was appointed sports director of MLSZ in March 2015 and national coach four months later. Under his guidance, Hungary’s national eleven qualified for the European Championships after a 44-year interval and made it to the round of 16 in the Euro 2016 tournament. (Read more about EURO2016 HERE)
In the recent World Cup qualifiers, however, it fared worse, finishing only third behind Portugal and Switzerland.
During Storck’s term, the team won eight matches, drew seven and lost ten.
As we wrote before, Hungary suffered a shock 1-0 defeat away at Andorra in their latest 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier in June, which was a unforgivable and shocking defeat for the supporters.
MLSZ has authorised its president, Sándor Csányi, to negotiate with Storck’s potential successors, the spokesman said.
MLSZ’s decision-makers met earlier yesterday to discuss the situation and came to the conclusion with Mr Storck that it was in the best interests of both parties to part ways.
At the same meeting, the executive committee requested of President Sándor Csányi that they begin the search for a successor immediately. As reported earlier, Hungary’s next matches come in Luxembourg on 10th November and at home in the Groupama Aréna in Budapest against Costa Rica four days later. Due to the lack of time involved, it is not inconceivable that a caretaker coach may be asked to take the reins for these two fixtures.
Source: Press release