File photo of Stephen Constantine. Photograph:( Reuters )
The team crashed out of the ongoing AFC Asian Cup on Monday after losing to Bahrain.
Stephen Constantine has stepped down as the head coach of the Indian national football team after they crashed out of the ongoing AFC Asian Cup on Monday.
India needed a draw against Bahrain in their final group match to qualify for the knockout stages for the first time ever in their history. However, they were thwarted in cruel fashion as an 89th-minute penalty from Jamal Rashed handed Bahrain all three points.
Immediately after the defeat, the Englishman revealed that he had decided to step down from his position.
"I have been here for four years. My objective from day one was to qualify for the Asian Cup and we have done that," expressed the coach.
"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."
"I think my cycle is finished. I did what I was asked. It is time for me to move on," he concluded.
India had started the Asian Cup campaign in fantastic fashion, after a 4-1 thumping of Thailand. But defeats to UAE and Bahrain saw them finish last in their group.