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Griga and Hipp relieved of Slovakia duties

Published: Thursday 13 June 2013, 16.51CET
The Slovak Football Association has sacked Stanislav Griga and Michal Hipp as joint coaches of the national side following the 1-1 qualifying draw with Liechtenstein last week.
Griga and Hipp relieved of Slovakia duties
Slovakia dropped valuable qualifying points last week in Liechtenstein ©AFP/Getty Images

Published: Thursday 13 June 2013, 16.51CET

Griga and Hipp relieved of Slovakia duties

The Slovak Football Association has sacked Stanislav Griga and Michal Hipp as joint coaches of the national side following the 1-1 qualifying draw with Liechtenstein last week.

Stanislav Griga and Michal Hipp have been dismissed as joint coaches of Slovakia following a meeting of the Slovak Football Association's (SFZ) executive committee.

The former Czechoslovak internationals were appointed in April 2012, succeeding Vladimír Weiss, but oversaw just three wins in 12 games. The final straw for the SFZ was the team's 1-1 draw last Friday in Liechtenstein in FIFA World Cup qualifying Group G, Slovakia's sixth match without a victory. "We cannot allow ourselves to go through the kind of shame we did in Vaduz," said SFZ president Ján Kováčik.

Lying third in the section, four points adrift of second-placed Greece, Slovakia are struggling to qualify for Brazil 2014. They resume their campaign in September with back-to-back fixtures against leaders Bosnia and Herzegovina, games they realistically need to win to stand any chance of being at next summer's finals. Before that, Romania provide the opposition in an away friendly on 14 August.

Kováčik could name a replacement for Griga and Hipp on 2 July when the executive committee reconvene. MFK Košice coach Ján Kozák Sr is the early favourite.

Last updated: 13/06/13 19.29CET

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