Cyprus head coach Christakis Christoforou was axed by the Cyprus Football Association (CFA) on Monday following a poor run of results including a scrappy 2-1 victory over lowly Gibraltar.
A statement by the CFA said the decision to part company with the Cypriot coach was by “mutual consent” and “effective immediately”.
“The CFA wishes to thank Mr. Christoforou publicly for the professionalism he has shown during his 18-month tenure of the men’s national team,” said the CFA.
“During his tenure, Mr. Christoforou gave the opportunity to several young players to compete in the national side, establishing them as the future members of our team,” it added.
The CFA said there could be future cooperation under “different circumstances”.
No replacement has yet been named.
The decision to axe Christoforou was prompted by Cyprus’ far from impressive performance away to Gibraltar last week in which Pieros Sotiriou spared the island from an embarrassing draw by heading in a late winner to seal a 2-1 victory.
According to media reports, CFA President Costakis Koutsokoumnis and the CFA National Team Department Head Haris Loizides have already begun searching for a possible replacement.
Among the names attached are Angelos Anastasiades – who coached Cyprus in the past and succeeded in getting some famous results which including wins over Ireland (5-2), Wales (3-1) and Bulgaria (4-1) while his Cyprus side had also drawn with Germany (1-1), Portugal away (4-4) and Ireland (1-1) away.
Other names attached include that of former APOEL boss Ivan Jovanovic – who famously took APOEL to the quarter-finals of the Champions League in 2012, ex-APOEL boss Thomas Christiansen – who led APOEL to the Last 16 of the Europa League last season, British-Cypriot coach Stephen Constantine – who is currently in charge of India – and former Apollon boss Pedro Emmanuel.
Christoforou has struggled since replacing Pambos Christodoulou as coach of Cyprus in 2015.
His only wins include the hard-fought victories over Gibraltar while he also steered Cyprus to a 3-1 friendly win over Kazakhstan.
But performances have not been good with Cyprus have also suffered deflating defeats to Greece, Bosnia and Belgium while they were also held at home to Estonia.
Christoforou’s biggest problems have been a lack of defensive organisation and lack of goals.