Austria coach Dietmar Constantini steps down early

Dietmar Constantini has stepped down immediately as coach of
Austria’s national team, one week after agreeing to leave at the
end of the year.

Austria football federation president Leo Windtner says sports
director Willi Ruttensteiner will take charge for the European
Championship qualifiers against Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan next

Austria is out of contention to reach the Euro 2012 finals and
lost 6-2 to Germany this month.

Constantini was hired in April 2009 and won just seven of 23
matches as coach.

Windtner thanked the 56-year-old Constantini for his work and
praised him for developing young players for the national team.