Vietnam sacks national coach Dido
HANOI (Reuters) -- Vietnam lost their fifth foreign coach in as many years on Tuesday when the soccer federation said it had terminated the contract of Brazilian Dido Silva.
Vietnam Football Federation general secretary Pham Ngoc Vien said Dido's sacking followed the failure of the national under-23 squad to win a medal at the Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia.
He told Reuters the VFF was interested in replacing him with Barry Whitbread, a former coach of the Singapore national side and Under 15s coach at the Liverpool Football Academy, but had yet to receive a reply to an approach.
The job of national soccer coach has not proven secure in Vietnam, where the sport has a fanatical following.
Dido, a former midfielder at Brazilian clubs Santos and Flamengo before joining Israel's Beitar Jerusalem, became the country's fifth coach in five years in January.
He told Reuters before the Southeast Asian Games he faced too many demands to release players for club games to make proper preparations for the tournament. He also said he had sent his family aboard after receiving death threats.
Tuesday's state-run Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper quoted VFF officials as saying it was unnecessary to keep Dido on because Vietnam had no tournaments left to play this year.
Last week, Dido criticized the federation for expecting foreign coaches to perform miracles without giving them time to shape their team.