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Advocaat quits after three months as Iraq coach

Nov 24 (Reuters) – Dutchman Dick Advocaat has resigned as coach of Iraq after failing to safe a single victory in six World Cup qualifiers in his three months in cost.

The 74-year-old, who counts three stints as Netherlands coach amongst his many earlier posts, might be changed by Montenegrin Zeljko Petrovic on a caretaker foundation for the Arab Cup, which will get underway in Qatar subsequent week.

“The Iraq Football Association has accepted the resignation of coach Advocaat,” Iraq FA spokesman Ahmed Zamil stated in an announcement on Facebook.

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“Advocaat expressed his deep regret to Iraqi fans for the disappointing results as he had hoped to lead the national team to direct qualification for the World Cup finals.”

Advocaat oversaw three attracts and three defeats since taking on in August and leaves Iraq second backside of Asian qualifying Group A, 10 factors off second place.

The high two within the group qualify straight for subsequent 12 months’s finals, whereas third place would provide a passage to Qatar by way of two playoffs.

Iraq, Asian champions in 2007, have competed on the World Cup finals solely as soon as in 1986, dropping all three matches.

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Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, Editing by Peter Rutherford

Soccer Football - Europa League - Group K - Wolfsberger AC v Feyenoord - Worthersee Stadion, Klagenfurt, Austria - December 10, 2020 Feyenoord coach Dick Advocaat is interviewed before the match. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

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