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
Jakub Dovalil speaks to the media in Prague earlier in the tournament ©Sportsfile

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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