Al Nassr sack coach Dragan Skocic after AFC Champions League defeat

Croatian boss to be replaced by Al Raed's Portuguese coach following the Saudi Arabian club's disappointing Round of 16 exit

Al Nassr have responded to Wednesday's disappointing AFC Champions League exit by sacking Croatian coach Dragan Skocic.

The Saudi Arabian side bowed out of the continental competition after a poor 4-1 defeat to 2010 finalists Zob Ahan.

Skocic blasted his players for their performance after the game, but Al Nassr have since moved to dismiss the 42-year-old who took charge of the club in January.

The Croatian will be replaced by Al Raed's Portuguese boss Eurico Monteiro Gomes.

Al Nassr management will hope Gomes can salvage something from a disappointing campaign, when they compete in the quarter-finals of the Kings Cup for Champions later this month.

The Riyadh-based club, who finished fifth in their 2010-11 league campaign, host Al Ittihad on Sunday in their Kings Cup quarter-final first leg.

The winner of the Kings Cup qualifies for the 2012 AFC Champions League.

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