Israel senior national team coach Eli Guttman has confirmed his resignation after his side failed to qualify for a major tournament for the second consecutive time after Brazil 2014 failure.

Guttman, who was appointed in 2011, failed to qualify Israel for 2014 World Cup in Brazil when they finished third in a group that included Russia, Portugal, Azerbaijan, Northern Ireland and Luxembourg.

In their quest to next year’s continental showpiece in France, Israel finished fourth in Group B after series of inconsistent displays behind Belgium and Group B runners-up Wales, who will both play at the finals, and third-placed Bosnia, who took the play-off spot.

Israel enjoyed three straight wins at the start of the Euro qualifiers but was followed by losses at home to Wales, Cyprus and Belgium which ended their hopes.

“Ultimately, we are all measured by results. I set myself a target to finish in third place (in the group),” Guttman said at Tel Aviv airport as the team returned from Belgium.

“We did not achieve this aim and I am stepping aside.”


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