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Serbian FA Shockingly Part Ways With Manager Who Guided Team To World Cup Qualification

Slavoljub Muslin Coach of Serbia celebrates during the FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifying Round match between Republic of Ireland and Serbia at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland on September 5, 2017 (Photo by Andrew Surma/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

In rather shocking news, the Football Association of Serbia has today announced that Slavoljub Muslin is no longer the manager of the national team.

A statement from the association claimed that Muslin’s departure came about as a result of a “mutual” agreement between the parties. Muslin’s assistant, Mladen Krstajic, will take the reins temporarily ahead of the side’s away friendlies with China and South Korea next month, while the association looks to find a permanent replacement.

Muslin replaced Radovan Curcic, who had failed to guide the team to the European Championships in France, in May of 2016. Under the former Red Star Belgrade player, who also won three domestic league titles in two separate stints as manager of the club, Serbia only lost a single game of their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign and accumulated 21 points out of a possible 30 to top a group that included the Republic of Ireland, Wales and Austria. Thus, they secured automatic qualification for next summer’s tournament finals in Russia. Their successful campaign concluded with a 1-0 win over Georgia in Belgrade just three weeks ago.

Aside from Serbia and Red Star, Muslin has also managed clubs like Bordeaux, Standard Liege and Lokomotiv Moscow during a career that dates all the way back to 1988. 

After his recent exploits with the national team, the 64-year-old is unlikely to remain out of work for long.

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