Tuesday, 19th November, 2013

Czech Republic football association (FACR) president Miroslav Pelta hailed "a step in the right direction" after naming Viktoria Plzen manager Pavel Vrba to the national post.

Vrba is expected to step down from his job with Plzen in mid-December, after the club finish their UEFA Champions League group stage campaign, and lead the Czech Republic through Euro 2016 qualifying.


The former MSK Zilina boss will take over the Czech Republic job after Michal Bilek resigned following a 2-1 defeat to Italy in World Cup qualifying in September.

Czech champions for 2012/13, Plzen are bottom of Group D in this season's Champions League and have little hope of qualifying for the knockout round.


However, Pelta is glad to have Vrba on board, and told the FACR website: "He is respected, but for him it was not an easy decision.

"However, I believe it was a step in the right direction. I'm very glad that we get a coach who has had many great results as well as recognition and support from professionals and from the general public.

"I wish that, from 1st January, we in the FACR will start preparing everything for the upcoming European Championship qualifying.

"I wish that Plzen's season remains untouched despite Pavel Vrba's departure and that they are able to continue their good performances and results that have helped towards the rise of Czech football."

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