Toppmoeller sacked as Georgia coach - report

April 1, 2008

MOSCOW, April 2 (Reuters) - Georgia's German coach Klaus Toppmoeller has been sacked by the country's soccer federation because of the team's disappointing results, Interfax news agency reported.

'The removal of the head coach from his job was dictated by the extremely mediocre performances of the national side under his management,' the news agency quoted soccer federation president Nodar Akhalkatsi as telling reporters.

Toppmoeller, a former Bayer Leverkusen coach who in his first season at the German club took them to the Champions League final, had been Georgian head coach since 2006.

Georgia failed to qualify for the Euro 2008 finals, despite inflicting a shock 2-0 defeat on Scotland last year and holding Ukraine to a 1-1 draw in their group campaign.