The Philippine Football Federation yesterday announced that Scott Cooper has stepped down as head coach of the men’s national team.
PFF national teams’ committee chairman and Azkals team manager Dan Palami expressed gratitude to Cooper for his contributions to the national team program which he handled shortly after the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.
“We thank coach Scott for sharing his knowledge, time, effort and making great sacrifices to our men’s national team program,” said Palami.
“We had our share of challenges handling the team and competing during the COVID-19 pandemic. During his time in charge, we were able to secure commitment from players who we believe can help us in achieving our goals. We wish coach Scott all the best in his future endeavors.”
Cooper was likewise grateful for the opportunity to coach the Azkals.
“I would like to take the opportunity to wish the Azkals all the best for the future,” said Cooper.
“It was a pleasure working with all the staff and players. I would like to take the opportunity to thank Dan Palami for his trust and support and Stephan Schrock and Neil Etheridge for their unwavering support.”
The PFF is set to make an announcement on the new men’s national team coach in the coming days as the Azkals prepare for the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers from June 8 to 14 in Mongolia. By Theodore Jurado