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Calls for Resignations Gain Momentum after Bulgaria Football Shame

Date: 15.10.2009

Plamen Markov, former coach of Bulgaria's national football team, has urged that the head of the football union be held responsible for its deplorable performance.

“In a country where things don't go well, the prime minister bears the responsibility, he does not just throw it to the ministers. Borislav Mihaylov is in the top management of the Bulgarian football for the last eight, nine years, but I can see no change,” Plamen Markov told the Bulgarian National TV channel.

Cyprus cruised past Bulgaria in Larnaca on Saturday evening with a 4:1 victory that ended the visitors' chances of qualifying for the World Cup finals in South Africa.

The head of the football union Borislav Mihyalov attributed the shameful defeat to the poor training of players in local football clubs. He conceded that radical changes are needed, but made it clear he has no intention to resign.

"Our championship is very weak and this is a public secret, which is even now barely admitted by the leadership. I have no idea why no assessment has been done earlier and no measures have been taken so far," Markov pointed out.

A day earlier the national football team coach Stanimir Stoilov made it clear he will not back down to pressure and resign after his team crushing defeat by Cyprus, which took it out of the World Cup reckoning.

The defeat leaves Bulgaria in 3rd place in Group 8, unable to catch 2nd-placed Republic of Ireland.

Bulgaria faces Georgia at home midweek.

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