Twitter reacts as Stephen Constantine resigns as the coach of the Indian football team
English tactician Stephen Constantine resigned soon after India crashed out of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, losing by a solitary goal to Bahrain in the dying minutes of the match. The coach has been instrumental in shaping the team for the big occasion as well as instrumental in guiding them to the continental meet after a gap of 8 years. In spite of the exit, this was, without a doubt, India's most memorable outing in the AFC Asian Cup in more than 50 years!
It was under his reign that the ‘Blue Tigers’ has shown a steep rise in the FIFA rankings. India was lying in the 173rd spot when Constantine took charge of the team in 2015, while India is currently at the 97th position as per the latest rankings. Although many criticised his defensive approach in the last game, it cannot be denied that he has done wonders to the Indian football team in the past few years.
India needed a draw to qualify for the knock out stages of the AFC Asian Cup, but Bahrain’s determined display earned them full points via a late spot-kick on Monday night in Sharjah. I am exceptionally proud of the players for everything that they have given. I thank the All India Football Federation (AIFF), Kushal Das, Praful Patel and Abhishek Yadav for the support that they have given me,” said Stephen after the loss.
He added by saying, "I think my cycle is finished. I did what I was asked. It is time for me to move on."
This was his second stint as the coach of the Indian football team, the first time being back in 2002 when he managed the team for three years. There have been mixed reactions on social media from various spheres.
Let us have at a few Twitter reactions after Stephen Constantine resigned from the post: