Czech Republic U21s part company with Dovalil

Jakub Dovalil's near seven-year spell as Czech Republic Under-21s coach has come to an end a week after the hosts were knocked out at the group stage of the U21 EURO.

Jakub Dovalil speaks to the media in Prague earlier in the tournament
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After nearly seven years in charge, Jakub Dovalil's time as Czech Republic Under-21s coach has come to an end.

Dovalil, appointed in November 2008, leaves his post exactly a week after his team – the hosts – were knocked out at the group stage of the UEFA European U21 Championship. The Football Association of the Czech Republic (FAČR) declined to offer the 41-year-old an extension to his contract, which expires today.

"I am not going to continue with U21s, but I do not feel any bitterness," Dovalil said. "I would like to thank the association for the support I was given. I have experienced a lot with the team over the years and it was an honour to be a part of many successes."

The Czechs exited the U21 EURO following a 1-1 draw with Germany on matchday three, having opened the tournament with a 2-1 loss to Denmark before a memorable 4-0 victory against Serbia on 20 June.

"The tournament did not end in our dream of qualifying for the semi-finals, but the players and coaches put in some great displays," said FAČR chairman Miroslav Pelta. "We now part ways with Jakub Dovalil, but I do not rule out us working together again in the future."

Watch highlights of the Czech Republic's 1-1 draw with Germany, a result which confirmed the hosts' exit
Watch highlights of the Czech Republic's 1-1 draw with Germany, a result which confirmed the hosts' exit
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