Czech Republic coach Silhavy steps down after qualifying for Euro 2024
Silhavy led the Czechs to second place in Group E
(Reuters) - Czech Republic coach Jaroslav Silhavy has resigned after a 3-0 win over Moldova sealed their qualification for Euro 2024 on Monday.
Silhavy led the Czechs to second place in Group E, leaving the 1996 runners-up to play in their eighth consecutive European Championship after finishing second, tied on 15 points with Albania, who have a better head-to-head record.
"Although we are happy now, we had already decided before the game not to continue," Silhavy said in a post-match interview.
"I told (Czech Football Association) President Petr Fouska. The pressure was already enormous, sometimes I didn't understand it myself. This also contributed to our decision."
Silhavy, 62, took over in 2018 and guided the Czech Republic to the quarter-finals of Euro 2020. During his 56-match tenure, he managed 26 wins, 10 draws and 20 defeats.