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Tuesday 22 August 2017

Minnows Gibraltar in new manager hunt

GIBRALTAR will have a new manager in charge for the rest of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, including their 'home' game with Ireland next September, after they sacked their boss Allen Bula.

With four defeats from four games, 21 goals conceded and no goals scored, Euro debutants Gibraltar are on course for the worst-ever showing in a qualifying campaign, and their FA have taken action by dismissing their coach.

"After a thorough and careful investigation, into internal matters, the Gibraltar FA has come to the decision that an immediate change was appropriate. The Gibraltar FA would like thank Allen Bula for all the work he has done in his time as manager of the Gibraltar national team and take this opportunity to wish him all the success in the future," they said in a statement.

Bula had been under scrutiny for some time and while expectations in Gibraltar were low at the start of their first ever qualifying campaign, the side's poor displays, especially those successive 7-0 defeats to Poland and Ireland, led to questions about the coach. Gibraltar take on Scotland in Glasgow next month and then have a home tie with Germany in June before they host Martin O'Neill's Ireland at their adopted home in Portugal in September.

Meanwhile, Poland have been boosted ahead of their trip to Dublin later this month as forward Arkadiusz Milik has been given the all-clear. Poland's second-top scorer in the group, Ajax man Milik was a doubt for the March 29th game after suffering an injury in a Dutch league match but Ajax have since informed the Polish FA that Milik will be fit to resume training within a week.

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