UAE coach Srecko Katanec sacked after dismal defeat to Lebanon

After the combination of the rumours of a player revolt and poor 2014 World Cup qualifying results, the Slovenian tactician has been dismissed by the UAE Football Association
The UAE Football Association (UAE FA) has decided to terminate the contract of national team coach Srecko Katanec with immediate effect following Tuesday's shock 3-1 2014 World Cup qualifier loss to Lebanon.

The 48-year-old Slovenian, who guided his homeland to the 2002 Fifa World Cup, had been the Emirati nation's coach since June 2009.

Katanec's dismissal comes in the wake of the disappointing 3-1 defeat to Lebanon on Tuesday and 3-2 home loss to Kuwait on Friday.

Under Katanec, UAE reached the 2011 Asian Cup finals but were eliminated in the group stage having claimed just one point and without scoring a goal.

Late last month the Slovenian had to fight off recent reports of a player revolt inside the UAE camp during a trip to Austria.

An anonymous player had told Arabic press last month: "Some players have fallen out with the coach and don't want him to stay. One asked me when will we get rid of this coach? And another said he didn't know why the UAE FA was sticking with him for so long."

Katanec leaves UAE in bottom spot in Group B with zero points from two games.