FC Lokomotiv Tbilisi player-coach Kakhaber Tskhadadze has been sacked in the wake of Saturday's 2-0 derby defeat by FC Dinamo Tbilisi.
Sacked after defeat
Tskhadadze revealed he was dismissed by club president Akaki Chkhaidze several hours after the defeat. "I spoke to Chkhaidze, and he relieved me of my duties. I think this is normal, he was within his rights," Tskhadadze told uefa.com.
Free to stay
Tskhadadze, who had been in charge for nine months, does not expect to play for the club again, despite Chkhaidze confirming he was free to stay if he liked. The Georgian, who has played nine times for Lokomotiv this season, said he would decide on his future soon. His contract actually expired last December.
Resumed playing career
Tskhadadze, who played in England for Manchester City FC, resumed his playing career this season in the hope of making an international comeback for Georgia, for whom he has played 25 times.
'We asked him to stand down'
Club officials cited the difficulty of combining playing and coaching duties as the reason behind Tskhadadze's dismissal. "After he came back to playing, he couldn't see the things he always used to see from the sidelines," vice-president Tariel Gvaberidze told uefa.com. "We asked him to stand down but he refused. What has happened now had to happen, as we have lost to our two main competitors for the title."
Kotrikadze takes charge
According to Gvaberidze, the team will be taken over by former Soviet international and Dinamo goalkeeper Sergo Kotrikadze - initially, at least, on a caretaker basis. Kotrikadze has coached Lokomotiv before, in the 1997/98 season, and has also been in charge of FC WIT Georgia Tbilisi.
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