After meeting several times with the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF), Hoang Anh Tuan has decided not to coach Vietnam's national football team.
The reasons are unrelated to salary, which was always a big problem for VFF in the past.
The problem now is that coach Tuan and VFF differ in opinion on which goals ought to be set for the national team in near future.
Coach Tuan said, "Our footballers' ability is still at the bottom, so it is quite unreasonable to set high goals for the national team."
Tuan may make an official announcement on Tuesday when the VFF holds a standing committee meeting to decide on choosing a coach to take the reins of the national team.
General Secretary of the VFF, Ngo Le Bang, said, "There are no binding documents between the VFF and Coach Tuan, so he is quite entitled to choose to coach a club. If he does not want to take charge of the national team, we will have to choose somebody else.
"But we must wait for the VFF's standing committee to make a decision on Tuesday (January 8). There's nothing to worry about because the national football team won't get together until January 23."