Turkey coach Fatih Terim has said he will resign after his side, whose qualification hopes for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ were ended by a 2-0 defeat to Belgium on Saturday 10 October, play their final European Zone qualifier against Armenia.

"The match we play against Armenia will be my farewell match," the coach told the Turkish Football's Association's official website, with the game against Group 5's bottom team to be played in Bursa, northern Turkey on Wednesday. 

With only three wins so far, Turkey are third in the group, seven points behind play-off bound Bosnia-Herzegovina and 15 behind automatic qualifiers Spain.

Terim led Turkey all the way to the semi-finals of the UEFA EURO 2008, which was won by La Roja, but having at one point led the group his team's South Africa 2010 qualifying form slipped dramatically.

"We started well but we failed to maintain any kind of consistency," said 56-year-old Terim, who masterminded Galatasaray to a UEFA Cup triumph in 2000 and also coached Serie A sides Fiorentina and AC Milan before taking the national-team reins in 2005.