The Vietnam Football Federation has accepted the resignation of national team head coach Phan Thanh Hung following the team’s dismal performance at the ongoing ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup.

Vietnam finished with just one point in Group A of the AFF Cup, failing to make the semis.

The 2008 champions drew with Myanmar 1-1, were beaten by eventual qualifiers Philippines 1-0 and were outplayed 3-1 by Thailand , who topped the group with a 100 percent record.

It was the first time they had missed out on the semis since their failure in 2004.

The federation in a meeting on Dec. 5 also admitted its mistake as it had made the decision that Hung should lead both the national team and V-League team Hanoi T&T.

The 52-year-old was appointed head coach of the national team in June. In friendly international matches in preparation for AFF Cup, the team had played well but his task when he signed his contract was to lead the national team into the Cup final and the U23 team into the upcoming 27th Southeast Asian Games final.

"As head coach, I take fully responsibility," Hung said. "I send my apology to the federation and fans nationwide. For the betterment of the Vietnam team, I step down."

The federation will hold a meeting on Dec 13 to decide on whether to appoint a local or foreign coach for the national team.

The team will convene early next month to prepare for the Asian Cup qualifying round.-VNA