Stephen Constantine resigned as India's head coach after they suffered an early exit from the group stage of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 on Monday. After a 0-1 loss against Bahrain, the Englishman revealed that he had decided to step down from his position.
Jamal Rashed’s 91st-minute winner from a penalty kick ended the Blue Tigers’ Asian dream at the Sharjah Stadium. It was India’s second consecutive loss after a flying start with an incredible 4-1 win against Thailand, finishing last in their group.
Constantine, who took the charge of team in 2015, said his objective from day one was to qualify for the Asian Cup and they had done that. The 56-year-old thanked AIFF members and players for the support that they gave him.
Accepting Constantine’s resignation, the federation said, “We haven’t received any official communication from him yet but we accept his decision & thank him for his contribution to Indian football.”
Constantine was India manager 2002 to 2005 before he returned for the second term in 2015, succeeding Wim Koevermans. He guided the Blue Tigers into the Asian Cup after a hiatus of eight years. He helped India climbed from the 173rd spot to 97the in the FIFA rankings.
India under Constantine’s second term had played 43 matches, won 24, lost 13, and drawn 13.