Ser­bia fires coach de­spite World Cup qual­i­fi­ca­tion Muslin

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The Ser­bian soc­cer as­so­ci­a­tion fired na­tional team coach Slavoljub Muslin on Mon­day de­spite his team’s qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the World Cup.

The FSS said Muslin will leave by “mu­tual agree­ment.”

It thanked him for “good co­op­er­a­tion and re­sults” and named for­mer Shalke de­fender Mladen Krsta­jic as in­terim coach.

Af­ter eight years of fail­ing to make it to a ma­jor cham­pi­onship, Ser­bia qual­i­fied for next year’s World Cup for the sec­ond time since be­com­ing an in­de­pen­dent na­tion in 2006.

Ser­bian soc­cer of­fi­cials have crit­i­cized Mus­lim for his team se­lec­tion, de­fen­sive tac­tics and for fail­ing to bring in young play­ers, es­pe­cially tal­ented Lazio mid­fielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

“We parted ways be­cause we don’t think alike on how the team should look for the World Cup in Rus­sia,” Muslin was quoted as say­ing by Ser­bian me­dia.

The 64-year-old Muslin took over the na­tional team in 2016 af­ter coach­ing mostly French, Bel­gian and Rus­sian clubs.

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