Serbian Super League leaders FK Partizan have sacked coach Vladimir Vermezović and replaced him with Vuk Rašović until the end of the season.
The decision to dismiss Vermezović, appointed in June 2012 for his second spell leading the Belgrade club, was made on Monday following Partizan's 0-0 weekend draw at FK Novi Pazar. The reigning champions have won just two of their last six league games, with their once-healthy advantage – they were 11 points clear in mid-March – being reduced to two by Ricardo Sá Pinto's in-form FK Crvena zvezda. The title rivals meet in a potentially decisive derby on 18 May.
Academy product Rašović made 209 appearances as a centre-back for Partizan between 1998 and 2002. The 40-year-old, who has left the helm of second-tier FK Teleoptik to rejoin the Black and Whites, said: "A big opportunity always comes when you least expect it. I was surprised but I am ready. I'm taking over at a difficult time but believe we have the quality to finish this race as champions."
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