Heimir Hallgrímsson announced this morning his decision to step down as coach of the Iceland men’s national football team, RÚV reports. He explained the decision at a press conference at 11.00am this morning.
Heimir was appointed as assistant coach when Lars Lagerbäck took over the men’s team in 2011. He became co-head with Lars in 2014, leading the team to the UEFA Euro Championship quarter-finals in 2016. Heimir then took over as the team’s only head coach, leading it to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in it’s history.
Heimir says he has worked well with everyone involved in the national men’s team. “I’m really proud and it’s a privilege to be able to leave the situation the way it is today,” he stated. “It’s great to say how much more professional everything has become than it was. We have a very well-defined work environment.”
“Maybe then the question arises: then why are you leaving if everything is so great?” Heimur remarked. “If I were to continue, I would probably continue with the same focus, the same emphases, and at some point the motivation would fade, fatigue would come.”
Heimir added that the team’s success is not attributable to just one person, and that there were too many individuals responsible to thank each by name.
His next career move is yet to be decided, Heimir says, adding that he had received inquiries from both national and regional teams. Although he is interested in applying his skills outside of Iceland, Heimir says the time has not yet come to make a move abroad.