Wales coach Raymond Verheijen steps down
RAYMOND Verheijen’s often controversial spell with the Wales national side has come to an end after the Football Association of Wales announced that they had accepted his resignation.
The outspoken Dutchman, brought into the national set-up as assistant manager under the late Gary Speed, had been due to be part of the managerial team for next week’s friendly against Costa Rica, a game being held in Speed’s honour.
But Verheijen, whose position had been uncertain following the appointment of Chris Coleman as Speed’s successor last month, has elected to resign from his post, accusing the FAW of “political and destructive games” in messages on his Twitter site.
Shortly after that post the FAW released a statement that read: “The FAW accepts the resignation with regret, as Raymond was due to assist the Wales squad this week with the match against Costa Rica.
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“In light of the forthcoming match, and the sensitivities of it, the FAW has no further comment to make at this time.
“The FAW would like to take the opportunity to thank Raymond for his work over the last 12 months and wishes him well for the future.”
Verhiejen’s Twitter messages had read: “Earlier today I have informed the FAW I will resign. Have (had) enough of their political & destructive games. Very sad day.
“Very proud to be part of FIFA’s most improved team in 2011. Would like to thank the players and fans for an amazing journey.”