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Serbia sack manager three weeks after qualifying for next summer's World Cup

Slavoljub Muslin had led Serbia to their first international tournament in eight years.

Muslin led Serbia to automatic qualification ahead of Ireland in Group D.
Muslin led Serbia to automatic qualification ahead of Ireland in Group D.
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SERBIA HAVE PARTED company with their manager just weeks after leading the country to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The Serbian federation (FSS) announced on Monday that Slavoljub Muslin had left his position as head coach after leading the team to next summer’s World Cup finals earlier this month.

Serbia finished top of Group D,  two points ahead of Ireland who must now overcome a two-legged play-off against Denmark.

The FSS said in a statement on their website that Muslin had departed after his contract was broken by “common accord”.

He will be replaced on an interim basis by the former Serbian international defender Mladen Krstajic, who played for Serbia and Montenegro at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Muslin, 64, had taken over in May last year to succeed Radovan Curcic after Serbia’s miserable showing in attempting to qualify for Euro 2016.

He steered them to first place in European qualifying Group D, ahead of Ireland, Wales and Austria.

Prior to this month’s automatic qualification Serbia had not qualified for a major tournament since the 2010 World Cup.

Serbia became the first side to win in Dublin since 2013 when Muslin’s side beat Ireland 1-0 in the Aviva Stadium thanks to Aleksandar Kolarov’s winning strike back in September.

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