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The Tampines coach's brief reign came to an end earlier today after the club decided to axe the Croatian following the 4-0 defeat to Balestier

By Khalis Rifhan

In what is the first coaching casualty of the season, defending S.League champions Tampines Rovers have abruptly ended head coach Nenad Bacina's contract in the wake of their disappointing run in the AFC Cup group stage and the crushing 4-0 defeat to Balestier Khalsa over the weekend. 

This is the second consecutive year that the club has prematurely ended their coach's reign as the club had done the same with Steven Tan a year ago midway through the season.

Goal Singapore understands that Stags assistant coach Hyrizan Jufri has also received the boot from chairman Teo Hock Seng and technical director Tay Peng  Kee has been appointed as caretaker coach with fellow former Singapore international Rafi Ali assisting.

It is believed that their dismal run in the regional campaign, finishing bottom of Group H with no wins, two draws and conceding a staggering 17 goals in the process, has led to the removal of the Croatian from the Clementi-based club.

The news of Nenad's sacking was officially broken to the players during Tampines' training session on Tuesday, with Tay starting his new role immediately taking charge of first team training.