Karel Bruckner has left his position as coach of the Austrian national team, following a telephone interview between the Czech coach and the new Austrian Football Federation (OFB) president Leo Windtner, news agency The Press Association has today confirmed.
Windtner was reportedly highly dissatisfied with Austria's disappointing and faltering progress through the quailifiers for World Cup 2010, and seemed to want to make a 'clean sweep' and freshen things up completely before the rot became terminal.
Bruckner's record as coach has not been good. Since taking over in the summer after leading his own nation, the Czech Republic, to the quarter-finals of Euo 2008, Bruckner has guided the Austrians to only one victory in seven games, with the other results being two draws and four defeats. The team have scored nine goals in those games, but conceded 15.
The victory came over France in Bruckner's first qualifier in charge, but things have worsened considerably since then, and Windtner obviously felt that Bruckner's vision of of the team didn't chime with his own.
Bruckner's last meaningful act in charge was to oversee a 2-0 defeat in a friendly to Sweden, in Vienna last month. It is not yet known who, if anyone, has yet been identified as a potential successor.
Zack Wilson, Goal.com