Euro 2012 news

Serbia coach resigns

October 14, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Serbia coach Vladimir Petrovic has resigned in the wake of his team's failure to qualify for next summer's Euro 2012 finals in Poland and Ukraine.

Vladimir Petrovic
GettyImagesFormer Serbia coach Vladimir Petrovic

• Slovenia 1-0 Serbia

Serbia's 1-0 defeat to Slovenia on Tuesday saw them pipped to the runners-up spot in Group C by Estonia, with Italy going through as group winners. Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic missed a penalty for Serbia, who needed all three points to make the play-offs.

Petrovic announced his decision to resign after talks with the Serbian Soccer Federation, bringing to an end a 12-month reign that began when he took over from Radomir Antic last September.

''As of today Vladimir Petrovic is not the coach of the national team of Serbia,'' read a statement on the Serbian FA's official website.

Petrovic said: ''I had the honour and pleasure to have led the Serbia national team. Unfortunately for all of us, we have not qualified for the European Championships.''