German tactician Falko Götz said Friday he accepts the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF)'s decision to prematurely end his contract as Vietnam’s national football coach, but disagrees with it.
Götz, who signed a two-year contract with VFF on June 6, 2011, said, “These are my final words at VFF’s headquarters. It’s surprising that I have to end my work after a vacation.
“As a coach, I accept the termination of the contract before it expires, but it is very hard for me to respect the VFF’s decision.”
Götz said, “During a meeting last November after Vietnam lost in the semifinals of the South East Asian Games in Indonesia, I said Vietnam was not successful because the players were not so good and the rivals were stronger. I have not changed my mind now.
“Vietnam finished fourth instead of advancing to the finals. For many people, it was a heavy loss. And when a team loses, the coach is always to blame; but I was not totally responsible for that.”
Götz was speaking to the media at a press conference held in Hanoi on ending his contract.
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After thanking VFF, the press and Vietnamese football fans for their support for him the past six months, Götz stressed, “After I return to Germany, I won’t get a job immediately. However, it can’t be said that I won’t return to Asia because in football people often say that we meet at least twice.”
Therefore, Götz said, he would say “see you again” instead of say “goodbye forever.”
The VFF had to pay Götz a compensation of almost USD100,000, including three months’ salary, for ending his contract early.