David Purtseladze has been sacked as president of Georgian Premier League side FC Merani-91 Tbilisi by the club owners, with the company in deep financial trouble.
Merani-91 lie third in the top flight but have been warned by Georgian Football Federation (GFF) general secretary Valeri Cholaria that they could face expulsion from the competition if they do not pay their players and staff within the next seven days.
Stand-in president takes over
Club vice-president Anzor Mamaladze has temporarily taken over from Purtseladze, who announced before his dismissal that all players would have their contracts terminated, with a youth team called Goleador taking over their fixtures when the winter break ends in March.
Four new players
However, Mamaladze has reversed the plan, saying that Goleador will instead become a Merani-91 feeder club in the first division. Although most of the squad will be retained, former Georgian international Akaki Davdze has been transfer listed. Coach Otari Gabelia remains in position, and is hoping to sign as many as four new players.
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