Official: Temuri Ketsbaia Appointed As New Georgia Coach

The former Olympiacos chief has been named as the new man in charge for Georgia...

Temuri Ketsbaia has been appointed as the man to guide the Georgian national team through Euro 2012 qualifying. The 41-year-old was sacked by Olympiacos about two months ago.

Previous national team coach Hector Cuper parted company with the Georgian Football Federation earlier this week after collecting just three points from their qualifying group for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The Georgian FA did not need too long to find their man, as Ketsbaia has swiftly been ushered in as his replacement. He has signed a deal until December 31, 2011 that comes into force on January 1 next year.

"I am happy to be given a chance to help Georgian football," said the former international midfielder, who was capped 49 times, to

"We have decent resources and if we use them in a proper way we can play good football. I will not promise to guide the team to a major tournament in two, four or six years, but we will fight for it. I want a call-up to the national side to be a joy for all the players, not torture."

Stefan Coerts,