Iceland commentator Gudmundur Benediktsson loses coaching day job

Iceland players celebrate a goal

The Icelandic commentator, whose excitement over a late Euro 2016 goal sent him viral, has lost his day job as a part-time football manager.

Gudmundur Benediktsson was more than a little excited when Iceland scored a last-minute winner against Austria.

But just a few days later, he's been let go from his role with local side KR Reykjavik, as the team's performance has been "unacceptable" recently.

The team revealed the news of his departure on their website.

Head coach Bjarni Gudjonsson Eggert has also left KR Reykjavik, confirming the details in a statement online.

"From my first day on the job as coach of KR I have focused on the interests of the club as a priority," he said.

"After a bad start to the season I, along with the board, concluded that it is in the interests of the team that I resign.

"I am grateful to the KR board for having trusted in me for the training team.

[Gudmundur Benediktsson is] the king, he's a legend. He will probably lose his voice if we beat England
Anton Thoroddsen
Iceland supporter

"KR's future is bright and I am confident that the team will get back to the top, where it belongs, before long."

KR Reykjavik have lost four out of their last five games. Their last match, with IA Akranes who are just below them in the league, ended in a 2-1 loss.

Fans still love Benediktsson's commentary though.

"He's the king, he's a legend," Iceland supporter Anton Thoroddsen told Newsbeat.

"He was once a very good player but got injured and knows everything about football.

"He will probably lose his voice if we beat England."

Iceland meet England on Monday evening, with the winner going through to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 to play hosts France.

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