Pavel Vrba leaves Czech Republic position

"I am very glad I had the chance to coach the Czech national team," said Pavel Vrba, who has left the job after being offered a contract at Anji Makhachkala in Russia.

Pavel Vrba (Czech Republic)

Pavel Vrba has stepped aside as coach of the Czech Republic, the 52-year-old having agreed to take charge of Russian side Anji Makhachkala.

"I am very glad I had the chance to be coach of the Czech national team," he said. "It was a great honour and experience. It is hard to leave it behind, but there are other challenges ahead. After EURO, I pondered all my options and decided to accept the offer from Anji."

Vrba was in charge for two-and-a-half years, steering his side to the finals of UEFA EURO 2016. His side picked up just one point in France, however, and finished bottom of Group D behind Croatia, Spain and Turkey. His final record in 25 games as Czech coach was W10 D5 L10.

Football Association of the Czech Republic (FAČR) president Miroslav Pelta said: "Though his side did not get through the group stage, I consider Pavel Vrba's work to have been successful. We respect his wish to return to club football. We have started looking for the new coach."

The Czechs will take on Germany, Northern Ireland, Norway, Azerbaijan and San Marino in Group C of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying.

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