Fernandez ends Israel sojourn

French coach Luis Fernandez confirmed Wednesday he will end his collaboration with the Israeli national team after ultimately failing to steer them to the UEFA EURO 2012.

Fernandez's contract will expire in the coming days and the former Paris Saint-Germain handler, who said he has received an offer from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua, says football is currently not top of his agenda.

"I'm at the end of my (Israel) contract and I have no desire to go on," Fernandez told RMC radio, where he has previously had his own football show. "I can't see myself taking over a club in the coming weeks either, that's a certainty."

I'm at the end of my (Israel) contract and I have no desire to go on.
Luis Fernandez, Israel coach

"I've spoken with the president of the federation and conducted a debriefing of what we've done over the past 18 months. To finish third in our qualifying group behind Greece and Croatia is not too bad with the young team we had. After that, we had a few things to say to each other. We can't work together."

Shanghai Shenhua are trying to lure wantaway Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka to the Chinese top flight, but the offer of a coaching contract has failed to spark Fernandez into life. "I haven't got back to them," added the Frenchman.