Israel coach Avraham Grant has resigned after his team failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup finals.

Israel finished third in Group Four behind France and Switzerland despite being unbeaten in their 10 World Cup qualifying matches after four wins and six draws.

Grant had a one-hour meeting with Israeli FA chairman Itzhak Menahem before offering his resignation.

He was appointed in May 2002 and the search for his successor has already begun. One possible candidate is veteran midfielder Eyal Berkovic who threw his hat into he ring earlier this week.

Berkovic, back playing in Israel with Maccabi Tel Aviv, said a younger coach is needed.

“I am prepared to retire today…and coach the national team,” the 35-year-old said on Saturday.

“Maybe it’s time to bring in new blood, people who understand today’s players, their psyche.”

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