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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 September 2005, 11:37 GMT 12:37 UK
Austria part company with Krankl
Josef Hickersberger
Hickersberger has been in charge of Austria before
Hans Krankl has been sacked as Austria boss after failing to guide his side to the 2006 World Cup finals - and Josef Hickersberger is set to replace him.

England face Austria in a World Cup qualifier on 8 October and Hickersberger, who is currently boss of Rapid Vienna, may be in charge by then.

Krankl's deal was due to end next month but the Austrians want to make plans for Euro 2008, which they will co-host.

"I'm naturally disappointed. I wish my successor all the best," said Krankl.

Austria will co-host Euro 2008 with Switzerland and Austrian Football Federation (OFB) president Friedrich Stickler said: "I am sure Josef Hickersberger is the ideal man to prepare the team for the big goal of Euro 2008 at home.

"I would like to thank Hans Krankl for his work and I wish him the best in the future."

Hickersberger has previous experience of coaching Austria, having taken the job for the first time 15 years ago.

He will take over the national team once a release deal has been agreed between the OFB and Vienna.


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