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Etoile du Sahel end Rohr contract

German coach Gernot Rohr
Gernot Rohr has been fired by Tunisian club Etoile du Sahel

Former African champions Etoile du Sahel have ended the contract of German coach Gernot Rohr.

The move comes after Etoile finished only third in the Tunisian league following a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of the eventual champions Esperance on Wednesday.

Etoile spokesman Taoufik Gahbiche explained why they had fired Rohr on the club's website.

"He failed to adapt to the realities of Tunisian football and was unable to understand the cultural mentality and that's why we ended our collaboration," he said.

"This had a negative impact on the performance of the team which saw us lose two national titles within a week.

"The squad was not prepared to maintain the high standards of the club in the final match of the season," Gahbiche said.

"Some players had only attended two or three training sessions in the 10 days before the match - that's unacceptable.

"It's a real relief to end this collaboration with Mr Rohr.

"This page has definitely been turned and the club has already begun the search for a new technical team who will begin their work when we start work again in the first week of June."

The main task of the new coach will be to lead Etoile in the group stages of African Champions League which begin in July.

Rohr had been in charge of the 2007 African Champions League winners since November.

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