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AIFF denies reports of Houghton resignation

sports Updated: May 04, 2010 00:57 IST

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) denied reports of Bob Houghton quitting soon after a news agency quoted the English coach as saying he had resigned.

“Yes, I have resigned. But it is a more complicated issue,” Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) quoted Houghton as saying late on Monday night.

Praful Patel, the AIFF president, and general secretary Alberto Colaco said Houghton is staying. Colaco also said Houghton, at home in Cape Town now, is expected back by month-end.

IANS said Houghton mailed his resignation to Patel on Monday, saying he was willing to serve three-months’ notice as per his contract. This, one day after Colaco was quoted by PTI as saying that Houghton’s contract would be renewed till 2013. The report said Houghton was irked by Colaco meeting an agent during a meeting of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) in Kuala Lumpur last month reportedly to seek a new coach after the Asian Cup finals next January.

Patel though has asked Houghton, whose contract runs till January 31, 2011 to reconsider and continue till the Asian Cup finals in Doha (January 7-29). Patel requested Houghton to come to India and sort out differences face to face and start afresh, an AIFF official said.