Milutinovic quits Honduras
TEGUCIGALPA, July 1 (Reuters) - Bora Milutinovic, the only man to have coached five different countries at the World Cup, has resigned from his job with Honduras, the president of the country's football federation said.
Rafael Callejas told reporters that the Serb, who took over last September, was disillusioned at the constant criticism of his work from the media and local coaches.
'He's decided to abandon the Honduran team,' Callejas said at Tegucigalpa airport on Wednesday night after returning from Mexico, where he spent two days trying to convince Milutinovic to stay on.
Callejas read a message from Milutinovic which read: 'The atmosphere created with the commentaries and declarations of coaches, directors and the Honduran media is not favourable for me to do my job.'
Even the Catholic Church had criticised Callejas, Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez saying that his salary, reported to be between $30,000 and $60,000 a month, was a slap in the face for the country's poor majority.
Honduras performed poorly in friendlies under Milutinovic but made a comfortable start to the World Cup qualifiers, beating Netherlands Antilles 6-2 over two legs last month to reach the second stage of CONCACAF'S marathon contest.
Milutinovic coached Mexico at the 1986 World Cup, Costa Rica in 1990, United States in 1994, Nigeria in 1998 and China in 2002.
He took Mexico to the quarter-finals, Costa Rica, United States and Nigeria to the last 16 and fell at the first hurdle with China after leading them to their first finals.