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Slovenia manager Oblak released from his duties

November 28 2006

The Slovenian Football Association announced on Tuesday that the manager of the national team, Branko Oblak, 58, has been released from his duties with an immediate effect. "The new manager will be decided in the Association meeting in mid December", the Slovenian FA announced.

"The change was not needed because of bad results, but because of the bad atmosphere within the team", said Rudi Zavrl, the president of the Slovenian FA, to local media.

Slovenia has started the European Championship Qualifications with two losses (against Bulgaria and Belarus) and one win over Luxembourg. The manager Oblak had been criticized for a long time by local media and fans over his team selections and old-fashioned tactics.

Former Slovenia captain, and Partizan Belgrad and Sturm Graz midfielder Darko Milanic has been touted as the favourite to take over. He is currently working as the Assistant manager at Sturm Graz.

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