June 28, 2018 / 3:30 AM / 3 months ago

Mihajlovic sacked as Sporting coach after nine days in charge

(Reuters) - Sporting have sacked coach Sinisa Mihajlovic just nine days after he was hired by the Portuguese club.

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Serie A - Torino vs Napoli - Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, Turin, Italy - December 16, 2017 Torino coach Sinisa Mihajlovic before the match REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

The 49-year-old Serbian was appointed on a three-year contract just days before president Bruno de Carvalho was voted out in a bid to save the club after nine players quit in protest of an attack by group of supporters in May.

“Sporting have decided to end Mihajlovic’s probationary period and cancel his contract,” said new President Jose Sousa Cintra at a news conference on Wednesday. “We will quickly seek a new coach, who should be presented by Monday.”

Sporting finished third in the top flight and reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League last season.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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