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Tuesday, 28 August, 2001, 10:03 GMT 11:03 UK
Santrac loses Saudi job
Slobodan Santrac
Santrac did not stay long in the job
Saudi Arabia have sacked Yugoslav coach Slobodan Santrac following their 2-0 defeat by Iran in a World Cup qualifier.

The Saudi Football Association said in a statement that assistant coach Nasser al-Jawhar was to take over duties for the rest of the tournament.

The decision to relieve Santrac of his duties was made because of "disappointing results" against Iran and Bahrain.

Iran and Saudi are the two big names seeking automatic qualification for the 2002 tournament in South Korea and Japan.

Santrac signed a two-year contract in February after Czech Milan Macala was sacked following the team's 4-1 defeat by Japan in the first game of the Asian Cup in Lebanon in October.

Santrac had previously worked in China, leading unfancied Shandong Luneng to their first league title in 1999, but left the club at the end of last season.

He was Saudi Arabia's fifth coach since 1998.

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