CSKA Moscow has fired coach Juande Ramos after a 3-1 home defeat to FK Moscow at the weekend left the club languishing in fifth place in the Russian Premier League.
A message posted on the club’s Web site Monday said the Spaniard’s contract was terminated “by agreement of both sides” with just four games left in the domestic league.
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Former Real Madrid and Tottenham coach Ramos took over from Zico as CSKA manager at the beginning of September and leaves a league record of three wins, two losses and a draw.
CSKA has appointed former Krylya Sovietov and FK Moscow coach Leonid Slutsky in Ramos’ place.
City rival Lokomotiv Moscow is just one point behind CSKA in the race to the league’s last qualifying spot for next season’s Europa League.
CSKA is also negotiating a Champions League campaign. It lies third in Group B, with three points from three games. Manchester United leads the group with nine points, with Wolfsburg in second on four. United hosts CSKA next on Nov. 3.
Ramos’ replacement, Slutsky, quit Krylya on Oct. 9 after a summer match-fixing scandal involving the Samara club. UEFA recently sent a letter to the Russian Football Union requesting it investigate Krylya’s match against Chechen team Terek Grozny in June, among other games.
That match, which Terek won 3-2, caused outrage as the Russian media reported that one individual staked $400,000 on a Terek win on the Betfair Internet betting exchange.