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Teumuri Ketsbaia steps down as Georgia manager after heavy defeat to Poland

The former Newcastle attacker had been in charge since 2009.

Image: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

TEMURI KETSBAIA HAS announced his resignation as Georgia coach.

The news came following Georgia’s 4-0 home thumping at the hands of Group D rivals Poland in Friday’s Euro 2016 qualifying clash.

That defeat left Georgia fifth in the group with three points from four matches, but with Scotland, Republic of Ireland and Germany all on seven and Poland top of the pool on 10, any hopes of reaching a maiden major tournament seem all but over.

GroupDTable Source: uefa.com

Ketsbaia, formerly a player at AEK Athens and Newcastle United among others, tended his resignation in the aftermath of the defeat.

“I have already spoken at full length recently so I have nothing new to say,” he said.

“Unfortunately my tenure with the national side has ended in a sad manner. From now on I will be supporting the team as an ordinary fan.”

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