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India coach resigns after Asian Cup group exit

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The All India Football Federation (AIFF) have announced they’ve accepted Stephen Constantine’s resignation

The English coach had been in charge of India for the last four years in what was his second spell with the national team.

But a 1-0 defeat to Bahrain on Monday ended India’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the Asian Cup for the first time in their history after Jamal Rashed’s injury-time penalty.

The result left India eliminated by finishing bottom of Group A with Constantine announcing his resignation to the press afterwards.

“We haven’t received any official communication from him yet but we accept his decision and thank him for his contribution to Indian football,” read a statement from the AIFF General Secretary, Kushal Das, on Twitter.

“Mr Stephen Constantine has announced his resignation as the Head Coach of the Indian National Team.

“We haven’t received any official communication from him yet but we accept his decision and thank him for his contribution to Indian football.”

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