Armenia Team Asks Coach to Stay

Armenian National Soccer Team coach Vardan Minasyan

YEREVAN (ArmRadio)—Players of the Armenian national soccer team have applied to head coach Vardan Minasyan to reconsider his decision to resign and stay with the team, a decision announced Monday by the coach.

“Of course, we respect Vardan Minasyan’s decision, but we would like him to reconsider it,” read an open letter the players posted on the Armenia’s Football Federation Web site. “We have gone through a difficult path with Vardan Minasyan over the past four years. We have managed to create a united team and have fought for victories, which our fans have appreciated and cheered on.”

“A positive atmosphere and good relations have been established in the team under Vardan Minasyan’s leadership. We have had a professional experience with Vardan Minasyan, and we would like to continue to work together to earn a place in the finals of the next qualification campaign,” the letter read.

Minasyan announced Monday that he would not renew his contract, which expires on October 31.

“It would be an honor for me to continue to head the Armenian national team, but now I prefer another turn in my career. I have some offers, from abroad in particular, and want to explore them,” he said.

Minasysn took over the team in 2009 and helped it rise in the FIFA rankings up to 38th place.

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