Queiroz (pictured) made the announcement shortly after his side’s 3-1 defeat at the hands of Group F opponent Bosnia-Herzegovina saying he was leaving due to the failure to agree to financial terms with Iranian soccer authorities.
“I showed my commitment and credibility, but I did not see any commitment to extend the contract,” Queiroz said. “I fell in love with Iran, but you can’t have a marriage in which only one side wants to marry.”
Despite a 0-0 draw in the opener with Nigeria and a 0-1 loss to Argentina in stoppage time, Queiroz was criticized by some for overly defensive tactics, a style the 61-year-old Portuguese manager claims he adopted due to his players’ lack of offensive experience. No word has come down regarding the status of Queiroz’ assistant coaches, including goalkeeping coach, American Dan Gaspar.
Suarez announced his time with Honduras had come to an end due to his expiring contract and desire to see someone else take control. “It’s not a resignation. It’s not an issue with the contract,” Suarez said. “I unilaterally take the decision of not continuing.”
“I’m leaving with a good conscience. I don’t think this is a defeat,” he added. “I leave with a clean soul and conscience thinking I gave my best.”
The Hondurans failed to earn a single point in Group E, losing all three matches they played. After opening the tournament with a 3-0 loss to France, they then lost 2-1 to Ecuador and 3-0 to Switzerland, a string of defeats that Suarez, at least in part, felt responsible for.
“I’m sorry I didn’t manage more,” said Suarez, who has been Honduras coach since March 2011. “I’m sad because I had a dream about this World Cup.”
The resignations of Queiroz and Suarez come one day after Cesare Prandelli quit his post as Italy manager following the 0-1 loss to Uruguay.