MANILA, Philippines – Scott Cooper has parted ways with the Philippines after four years in office.
The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) announced on Sunday that Cooper had resigned as head coach of the men’s national football team.
The federation added that it would announce new coaches in the coming days for the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers in Mongolia from 8 to 14 June.
“We thank Coach Scott for acknowledging his knowledge, time, effort and great sacrifice in our men’s national team program,” said PFF National Team Committee Chairman Dan Palami.
“The team was part of our challenge to manage and compete during the COVID-19 epidemic. During his tenure, we were able to break promises from players who we believe can help us achieve our goals. We wish Coach Scott all the best for his future endeavors. “
In 2018, Cooper was appointed first team senior football adviser. He took over as head coach after the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, replacing Sven-Goran Eriksson.
Three years ago, in Group A of the second round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, the English coach took the third place with a record of 11 points, 3-2-3 win-draw-loss.
A contract was extended in 2020 before the 51-year-old resigned this year.
During the breakup with the Philippines, Cooper expressed his gratitude to the team, especially to longtime managers Palami and star players Stefan Schrock and Neil Itharias.
“I want to take the opportunity to wish the present people a happy future,” Cooper said. “It was a pleasure to work with all the staff and players. I would like to thank Dan Palmy for his confidence and support, and for his steadfast support of Stephen Schrock and Neil Ithairis. “
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