No fewer than nine Czech clubs changed their coaches in the week following the end of the season with some big names being hired and fired.
At FK Mladá Boleslav, Dušan Uhrin Jr quit three days after his side defeated FC Slovan Liberec 4-0 in their final league game. His replacement is yet to be announced, but rumours suggest that the 39-year-old is to Romania to take charge of FCU Politehnica Timisoara. Mladá Boleslav will compete in the second qualifying round of next season's UEFA Cup after finishing third.
Liberec were a place behind, albeit level on points with second-placed SK Slavia Praha and Mladá Boleslav. However, that last-day loss to Uhrin's side prompted Vítězslav Lavička's resignation. Despite rumours of a big-name replacement, Lavička's 38-year-old assistant Michal Zach took over, and will lead his side into the UEFA Intertoto Cup.
Mazura is back
Having finished fifth in the table, 1. FC Brno have ousted coach Josef Mazura to allow charismatic 57-year-old Petr Uličný to return to the the club. Uličný, who has coached seven different sides in the Czech top division since leaving Brno eleven years ago, had been at MFK Ružomberok in Slovakia last season.
Elswhere, former AC Sparta Praha reserve-team coach Jaroslav Šilhavý – who made a record 465 appearances in the Czech league – will replace Miroslav Koubek at SK Kladno, while another inexperienced boss, Luboš Kozel, has taken over at FK Jablonec 97 after Petr Rada suceeded Jiří Bartl at FK Teplice. Kozel was formerly a reserve coach at Slavia.
Having barely escaped relegation, SK Sigma Olomouc sacked former FC Zenit St. Petersburg coach Vlastimil Petržela, while FK SIAD Most hired Robert Žák to replace former Panathinaikos FC coach Zdeněk Ščasný. Relegated FK Marila Příbram fired Jiří Kotrba while FK Viktoria Žižkov have hired former Sparta boss Stanislav Griga despite winning promotion under Vladimír Skalba.
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