Bulgaria coach Hristo Stoichkov has received the backing from the Bulgarian FA after fans called for his sacking following the 0-0 draw with Albania in Wednesday’s Euro 2008 qualifier.
Stoichkov has come in for criticism from the media and fans alike in recent months after some disappointing performances by the national team.
“Fans have the right to call for Stoichkov’s resignation but this decision (the change of the coach) is not the topic of the day,” said BFU vice-president Yordan Lechkov.
“We have to accept that the players were on the field, not the coach.”
Frustrated fans chanted for Stoichkov’s resignation after Bulgaria lost ground in Group G.
Holland top the group with 14 points from six matches, followed by Romania, who have a game in hand, on 11. Bulgaria are third with nine points from five matches.
“We didn’t squander our chances to qualify,” said Stoichkov after dropping two precious points. “There are still a lot of games and we’ll do our best to play at the finals.”