The coach of the men’s national team Nikolay Zhelyazkov and the volleyball players from the state team returned to Sofia after recording the worst performance at the world championships.
Bulgaria finished 20th at the 2022 World Cup in Poland and Slovenia after 3 consecutive losses in Group C to Poland with 0:3, the USA with 0:3 and the outsider Mexico with 2:3.
“We wished each other success, everyone inside. 20th place World Cup 2022 venue? I don’t want to go into such deep analyses. As a coach, I have to analyze what happened at the World Cup. And why didn’t the good games of our Volleyball League of Nations team continue?
Sorrow and shame! Insanely weak Bulgaria is out of the 2022 World Cup
I have no answer, why?
I don’t want to get into conspiracies because there aren’t any. Whenever the cart overturns, the roads are very… A careful analysis should be done so that it does not happen again.
Nikolay Zhelyazkov: I will submit my resignation
What happened to Mexico was shameful!
I will submit my resignation to the Governing Council of the Federation!
I didn’t think the Mexicans would beat us.
It never crossed my mind that we might lose to Mexico! This is shameful!
I can’t answer why we lost,” Nikolay Zhelyazkov told a reporter Sportal.bg.
“We have to keep these boys – they will play in the Paris 2024 Olympic qualifiers, the Volleyball Nations League and the 2023 European Championships, which we are hosting. We have to see and answer to be given from many sides. If we had won a game against Poland or the USA, things could have turned out very differently. I don’t regret this rejuvenation one bit. This is the right direction for Bulgarian volleyball, for me as a coach – this is the right direction!” added the coach of Bulgaria.
“When the team loses, they look for ways. These are our boys. You have to look ahead. I can’t be their judge. The conditions that should have been given to the national team were given, that’s a fact. I should not oblige someone to play for the national team. I want to thank everyone I worked with in this headquarters, because they are true professionals”, Niki Zhelyazkov added.
“We failed completely against Mexico, we had chances against the USA… We have young guys coming up from down there who are winning medals now. We shouldn’t be so pessimistic, but sometimes you have to take a step back. We made it…
These guys I stand behind whom I have called. Each one of them had the desire to play for NO. It is normal in the Balkans to love strongly and to hate strongly. It’s normal for a lot of people to spit when they lose. This is normal. We don’t have the attitude when we get off target to go out and play. We cannot be happy about this fact! Nobody cares. The atmosphere is very difficult…”, Nikolay Zhelyazkov continued.
“If the Management Board decides not to accept my resignation? I have not thought about it. I think I should do it this way. From now on, I don’t want to guess what will happen. We have not spoken with Tsetso Sokolov about giving up. It’s not good for sure, what happened, but it is what it is. I am personally very sorry, but such is life”, Nikolay Zhelyazkov concluded.
Photos: Vladimir Ivanov