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Bozsik resigns as coach of Hungary

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BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Hungary coach Peter Bozsik's resignation has been accepted by the country's Football Association board at an extraordinary meeting in Gyor.

The 44-year-old was widely expected to step down after Hungary suffered an embarrassing 2-1 defeat away to Malta in a Euro 2008 Group C qualifying game on October 11.

He was in charge for only seven games, winning three and losing four including successive home defeats by Norway and Turkey in the Euro 2008 qualifiers.

He said a lack of patience was among the reasons he quit. "Since my appointment I always tried to stay realistic about Hungarian football," said Bozsik.

"I had my feet on the ground but in this country expectations of the level of our football are much higher than the reality," he added.

"People think Hungary should be above where they are now in the European rankings but without world class players and a solid championship, it is almost impossible."

Hungary, which boasted the greatest team in the world in the early 1950s featuring Ferenc Puskas and Nandor Hidegkuti, have not qualified for the past five World Cups.

Bozsik, 44, son of the famous Jozsef Bozsik, a member of Hungary's Golden Team who died in 1978, was appointed in April as Hungary's 45th national team coach.

After the three losses in the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign, he was harshly criticised, especially for the defeat in Malta.

The Hungarian Football Association said in a statement that Hungary would host Canada in a friendly on November 15 and Bozsik's successor will be named just after that game.

A caretaker manager will be put in charge for the friendly, with under-19 team manager Peter Varhidi likely to stand in.

Hungary have a mountain to climb if they are to qualify for the Euro 2008 finals in Austria and Switzerland. They are sixth in the seven-team Group C with three points from four games.


Bozsik was in charge of Hungary for just seven matches, winning three of those.

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