Tuesday 20 February 2018

Serbia sack manager Slavoljub Muslin just weeks after they gained automatic qualification for World Cup

Slavoljub Muslin
Slavoljub Muslin
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The Serbian FA have sacked coach Slavoljub Muslin just weeks after the country secured automatic qualification for next year's World Cup in Russia.

Muslin, 64, guided Serbia to top spot in European qualifying Group D, thus securing the Eagles a place at Russia 2018, but the country's football association has opted to make a change.

In a statement published on its website on Monday, the FSS said: "The termination of Slavoljub Muslin's contract has been agreed and Mladen Krstajic is now in charge of team selection.

"The FSS thanks the former head coach for his cooperation and results.

"Krstajic will lead the team in the next two friendly matches against China and South Korea."

Former Werder Bremen and Schalke defender Krstajic earned 59 caps for Serbia across nine years.

Muslin was appointed 18 months ago after Serbia failed to make last year's European Championships in France and he led them to top spot in Group D of World Cup qualifying ahead of the Republic of Ireland, Wales and Austria.

Serbia took charge of the group with a 1-0 win over Ireland at the Aviva in September, Ireland's first competitive home defeat in four years.

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