Stajcic and Arrarte’s contracts expired after the Filipinas’ historic World Cup campaign in New Zealand.
With both coaches looking to explore other options, Filipinas team manager and patron Jefferson Cheng thus won’t renew their contracts, according to a statement by the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) on Tuesday.
“I would first and foremost like to express my gratitude to Sir Jeff for giving us the opportunity and entrusting us with the keys to the National Team,” said Stajcic.
‘Throughout nearly 20 months we went on a journey together as a team from outsiders in South-East Asia to winning a match at a World Cup.”
Under his leadership, Stajcic steered the Filipinas to the World Cup after they made the semifinals of the 2022 Asian Cup.
In the same year, the Filipinas notched its first bronze in the Southeast Asian Games in 37 years in Vietnam.
They also captured the AFF Women’s Championship crown and ultimately rose to ranked 46th in the world.
Stajcic also led the Philippines to its first-ever World Cup football win as the Filipino booters defeated co-host New Zealand on July 25.
Stajcic that monumental Philippine football occasion as well as being cheered on by around 30,000 Filipinos in the Filipinas-Norway match on July 30 were ‘the two best experiences of my coaching career’.
“On behalf of Coach Nahuel and myself, we would like to thank all the Coaching staff for your hard work, dedication and commitment,” said Stajcic.
“To the players, I can only say, you were courageous, passionate, disciplined and loyal to the Team, the Flag and the Country. Your sacrifices should be long remembered by all Philippine Sports fans. To give hope and inspiration is the greatest of all achievements. I wish everyone a great future and look forward to following the next chapters in the story.”