Some may point to a distinct lack of quality, others to a lack of competitive build up games,Â but the bottom line is Austria were not up to the challenge and Josef Hickersberger has quit following a disappointing Euro 2008 campaign.
Turkey and to a certain extent Coratia and Russia have proved that you don’tÂ always need a team full of overpaid starsÂ to have a succesful campaign. It remains to be seen if any of them go all the way, but some gallant Austrian fan’s will still of been thinking that could of been us, and ultimatley its the coach who pays the price of failure.
Hickersberger has decided to call time on his second spell in charge, after Austria bowed out in the group stages behind Germany and Croatia, with only 1 point.
Hickersberger meanwhile claimedÂ tiredness and the need for some time off toÂ recharge the batteries, as his reasoningÂ behind quitting.Â
A record of only 5 victoriesÂ of the 27 matches he was in charge of could well of been enough to see his repsonsibilities relinquished, his contract up for discussion in 6 months time as it is.
The terms not every fan would tend to agree with “We played very well even sensationally some of the time, but we didn’t reach the quarterfinals and didn’t accomplish our common goal,” were the managers views of the 3 games
The team starts its World Cup qualifying campaign against France in Vienna on 6 September, and will hope to find someone in that time to take up the mantle