Calisto quits as Vietnam coach
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Henrique Calisto has resigned as coach of Vietnam, blaming media pressure on his team's failure at last year's Southeast Asia cup. The Vietnam Football Federation today accepted the Portuguese's letter of resignation, said its deputy chairman Nguyen Lan Trung.

Calisto, 58, is reportedly set to move to Thailand to coach Muang Thong United, leaving behind a country where the national team has often struggled to meet the high hopes of its passionate fans. "He set forth several reasons for the resignation, but the main reason was media pressure against him and the team. He thought it's not good for the young players and his exit will be better for the national team," Trung told AFP.

Calisto became Vietnam coach for the second time in 2008, when his team won the AFF Cup, which brings together Southeast Asian nations every two years. He first held the position in 2002 and spent several years after that coaching provincial teams.

Vietnam lost their AFF crown in December when they were beaten by Malaysia in the semi-finals in a lacklustre performance that sparked disappointment among fans and media. Calisto will now call time on his 11-year-spell in Vietnamese football, now moving to coach Thailand's Muang Thong United.