The Spanish Félix Sánchez, Qatar national coach, will leave his post this Saturday after he decided by mutual agreement with the Qatari football federation (QFA) not to renew his contract after five and a half years in the national team.
“Sánchez has led the Qatari national team for the last five and a half years, in one of the most successful periods” of the national team, the Qatari federation said in a statement, adding that after the end of his contract on December 31, ” Both manager Felix and the QFA have jointly decided that now is a good time to start a new chapter.”
In the note, Sánchez expressed his desire to “look for new opportunities”, while showing his gratitude for his years in Qatar.
“The last five and a half years with the Qatar national team have been a once in a lifetime opportunity. I can only thank the QFA, President Sheikh Hamad and the country’s leadership for their trust and support during a period in which that we have achieved many things together”, he asserted.
“Qatar, its people and its football will always be in my heart. Now is a good time to let others take responsibility for the team and for me to explore new challenges,” he concluded.
The president of the QFA, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, pointed out that Sánchez has not only been a coach, but also a friend. “The Qatari football family will always be grateful to him for the successes he has brought to Qatari football over the years. Coach Felix will always hold a special place among us and we hope he will always think of Qatar as home,” he underlined. .
The Qatari federation announced that it will decide “shortly” who will be the new coach to lead the next stage of the national team. Qatar, host of the 2022 World Cup, finished last in Group A after losing to Ecuador, Senegal and the Netherlands, and scored only one goal.