Romanian First Division leaders FC Steaua Bucuresti have sacked Italian coach Walter Zenga after a string of poor results in recent weeks, culminating in Wednesday's loss against FC National Bucuresti.
Although the Bucharest side remain clear at the head of the standings and reached the last 16 of the UEFA Cup, they have taken only seven points from their last six league games and have seen their lead at the top cut to one point with three matches left. Zenga will be replaced by Dumitru Dumitriu, currently head of the club's scouting department, 37-year-old midfield player Dorinel Munteanu, team captain Mirel Radoi and another experienced player, Florentin Dumitru, until the end of the season.
We part company with Walter Zenga as friends," said Steaua owner Gigi Becali. "I want to thank him in public for everything he has done for us; thanks to him we reached the latter stages of the UEFA Cup and are first in the championship. But, in life, the coach always pays when something goes wrong. Walter was sacrificed only because Steaua must have a better future."
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