Football: Iraq sack Serbian coach after 5 months, Shakir takes over
BAGHDAD (AFP) - Iraq's football association fired the national team's Serbian head coach on Tuesday, blaming a string of "bad results", after the squad failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
"The association unanimously decided to relieve the coach of his duties and to appoint Hakeem Shakir as the national team coach," Iraqi Football Association vice-president Abdulkhaliq Massud told AFP.
Vladimir Petrovic lasted just five months in the job, and will be replaced by the national youth team's head coach, who had been the interim coach before the Serb's appointment.
Petrovic had signed a one-year contract for US$800,000 (S$1.02 million) when he was hired.