Heimir Hallgrimsson has stepped down as Iceland coach.
The 51-year-old became an assistant coach in 2011 under Swede Lars Lagerback and he took charge after Iceland reached the quarter-finals at the 2016 Euros in France and led Iceland to first place in a World Cup qualifying group.
“If I had to continue, I would have done it with the same preparation, the same motivation but at some point, this kind of routine can lead to a certain weariness,” Heimir told a press conference in Reykjavik. “I’m grateful and happy to have been part of this group’s team spirit above all, it’s a privilege.”
Iceland became the smallest nation to play in a World Cup finals at the tournament in Russia, with a population of 330,000. They were paired with Nigeria, Argentina, and Croatia in the Group Stage, and couldn’t make it to the next round.
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