Having expressed the same sentiment as that of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF), former Bangladesh coach Andrew Ord said that he was forced to take the decision to leave the Bangladesh job due to his family despite being offered a one-year contract extension.
"I have really enjoyed my time with the national team but it has come at a big cost to my family. I need to work in a place where they can visit me easily and we can spend time together as my son is only three years old," Ord told The Daily Star in reply to an email query. "The fact is that after spending six days at home and seeing my son I realise nothing is more important than spending as much time as possible with my family. In Bangkok I can do that."
"The BFF made me a very good offer of a one-year contract extension last month. There was not a problem from that perspective but I was not sure I wanted to commit for another year. Originally the SAFF Championships and Bangdabandhu Gold Cup were supposed to have been completed by now," said Ord, who joined a Thai Premier League club after leaving his job with two months left on the contract.
Ord claimed that he was satisfied with his work, which he claimed rectified the bad habits of the players.
“I think that I can leave satisfied that I rebuilt the team with young players as I was asked to do. The foundations for the next coach are in place. We managed to change the players' bad habits and they ended up being very fit in the game against Laos," the 39-year-old coach said. "Bangladesh fans can expect to have a successful Asian Games now and can look forward to the SAFF Championships with a genuine chance to win it."