return icon

Thanh Hoa FC coach resigns

Coach Nguyen Thanh Cong expressed his regret at leaving Thanh Hoa FC, having resigned recently after being forced out by the board.

Last Friday, reports emerged that the club's board had told the coach his starting lineups and substitutions would have to be approved by a majority of the coaching staff, making for a transparent effort to force the coach out.

Cong's contract stated he would have had to compensate the club upon resigning, but the club agreed to waive its right to compensation.

A few days ago, coach Cong resigned, citing frustration in his position and being no longer suitable for the working style and vision of the board.

"More than three months including eight matches and the hard times during the pandemic, we created a strong bond between coaches and players," Cong told

“Saying goodbye in an unexpected way, I regret not having enough time to evoke the full potential of the players, not standing by their side during their career development."

“With the fans, I had a great time with them. Thanh Hoa people love football and the team so much. To me, they will always be one of the biggest football supporters.”

“I always cherish and thank the fans for always closely following the team. Hopefully, the players will continue to dedicate themselves, regardless of the love of the supporters," he added.

Cong became head coach of Thanh Hoa FC in early June, replacing Italian coach Fabio Lopez.

From the bottom of the table with three losses, Thanh Hoa FC under coach Cong rose to eighth with four wins and two draws in his eight matches. 

Thanh Hoa FC president slams critics as 'ignorant'

Thanh Hoa FC president Nguyen Van De has hit out against criticism of him over the resignation of coach Nguyen Thanh Cong, calling his critics "ignorant".

LOUDSPEAKER: Thanh Hoa FC president Nguyen Van De said that all football centres should learn from his example. Photo

Last Friday, reports emerged the club's board had told the coach his starting lineups and substitutions would have to be approved by a majority of the coaching staff, leading the coach to tender his resignation days later, despite having the club to four wins and two draws in his eight matches in charge.

Much criticism was levied against the board’s decision, with some calling it a ridiculous intervention.

“I affirm that the decision is completely legal and has a basis for implementation,” De said.

“The coach decides the expertise, but I'm the president and manager of the club. If the club has a bad result, who will be responsible? It's me.

“At first, they gave me a list of nine players. But a lineup requires 11 players, so we just asked them to complete the lineup.

“I didn't force anyone to quit. I am the manager, responsible for the performance of the team, so I need to ask for better management. My instructions are very reasonable, in accordance with the law," he said.

De also expressed confidence in new coach Mai Xuan Hop despite the disapproval of the fans, saying they don’t understand his management.

“I always wonder why Thanh Hoa has so much talent but no one can lead the club. Last year, I decided to work with Mai Xuan Hop, but the fans criticised him for not having enough experience, causing me to hire Fabio Lopez.

“Now I have decided, I will let Mai Xuan Hop lead the team. But if Thanh Hoa don’t have good results in the remaining two matches, maybe, I will find another one.”

According to De, his decision was made with love and passion for the club in mind.

“I’m sure I did the right thing. Football management centres should learn from me and incorporate this into their curriculum.

“Two years ago, FLC Group left, if I didn't manage it then the club wouldn't be what it is today,” De said.

“The provincial leaders encouraged me, so I tried, but in fact, I never take any personal profit for myself.

“Managing a football club, apart from passion and responsibility for the homeland, is really not fun. I am unhealthy but still have to work really hard for the club," he said. VNS

Your guide to every 2020 V.League 1 club

Your guide to every 2020 V.League 1 club

The 2020 V.League 1 season is almost upon us and (coronavirus permitting) matches will kick off coming week.


Use of e-cigarettes by youth rockets with easy availability at shops

Many students and young people have been hospitalized in a deep coma after using e-cigarettes, which are easy to buy.

How will telecom carriers fare in a highly competitive market?

The traditional telecom market is getting saturated and facing upheavals, including a drop in revenue from traditional calls and SMS, a tighter management policy and changes in technology.

Number of international visitors to Vietnam sets 'record' after pandemic

Vietnam welcomed 2.95 million foreign visitors in January-November 2022, 21.1 times up year on year, but still down 81.9% compared with pre-pandemic levels in 2019.

Su-30MK2, Mi helicopters rehearse in Hanoi

On December 2, Su-30MK2 fighters performed in a rehearsal to prepare for the upcoming Vietnam International Defense Exhibition 2022.

Vietnam sends condolences over passing of former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin

Vietnamese leaders on December 2 cabled messages of condolences to Chinese leaders over the death of former General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and former President of China Jiang Zemin.

Ministry proposes canceling funding plans over disbursement delays

Disbursements of public funds sourced from foreign loans in the year through November had moved at a snail’s pace, reaching only slightly more than 25% of the full-year plan.

Hanoi to pilot bike rental service in six urban districts

Hanoi has approved a year-long pilot bike rental service programme in Hoan Kiem, Tay Ho, Dong Da, Ba Dinh, Hai Ba Trung, and Thanh Xuan districts.

Weightlifters hope for Olympic qualification from world championship

It was scheduled to be held in Chongqing, China, but this changed in March due to COVID-19 measures in China. The new location was announced in April.

Striker Nguyen Van Quyet named best player of 2022 V.League 1

Striker Nguyen Van Quyet received a statue for the most valuable player of the 2022 V.League 1 season at a V.League Awards ceremony organised on December 1 in Hanoi.

Meteor shower to light up Vietnamese skies on December 13

Local sky gazers will have a rare opportunity to witness the peak of the Geminids meteor shower, with the astronomical event set to occur between midnight on December 13 and the morning of December 14.

Da Nang wins Best Vietnam Smart City Award for third time

The central city of Da Nang has been granted the Best Vietnam Smart City Award 2022, the third time so far.

Newly-established, re-operating enterprises up over 33% in 11 months

Vietnam saw nearly 194,700 newly established and re-operating enterprises in the first 11 months of 2022, up 33.2% over the same period in 2021, a 1.3 times higher than the average rate in January – November period from 2017 - 2021.

Politburo members discuss review of resolution on HCM City development

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong on December 2 chaired a Politburo meeting on a project to review the 10-year implementation of a resolution on the orientations and tasks for the development of HCMC until 2020 and 2030, with a vision to 2050.

Exporters face tax unless they cut greenhouse gas emissions

Exports to the EU market will become more expensive unless enterprises implement greenhouse gas emission cuts. This will affect the competitiveness of many Vietnamese export companies.

Some of the best fishing lakes in and around Hanoi

Here are some of the most popular fishing lakes near Hanoi. On weekends, the number of people flocking to commercial centres, pedestrian streets or entertainment areas in the inner city of Hanoi has increased.