Montenegro coach Kranjcar fired

Montenegro coach Kranjcar fired

Published Sep. 8, 2011 3:20 p.m. ET

Montenegro's Football Association says it has fired coach Zlatko Kranjcar, despite his team lying second in Group G in qualifying for Euro 2012.

MFA President Dejan Savicevic told reporters on Thursday that Kranjcar had been fired in a ''unanimous'' decision by the executive board because of the defeats in the last two games and a bad atmosphere in the team.

Montenegro, which has 11 points from six matches, lost 2-1 to Wales in a qualifier last Friday and was beaten 3-2 away to Albania in a friendly in August.

Savicevic says that Kranjcar ''is not the same as last year'' and has been replaced by his deputy Branko Brnovic.


Montenegro's next qualifier is at home to group leader England on Oct. 7.