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Olympiakos jettison Ketsbaia.

9/15/2009 10:35:50 AM

Greek champions Olympiakos have parted company with head coach Temuri Ketsbaia just two games into the new league season andndash; and on the eve of a vital European tie.

The 41-year-old Georgian signed a three-year contract on May 25 but leaves the Pireaus club following a 2-0 away victory over Larissa and a goalless home draw with Kavala.

"Olympiakos announces the mutual solution of its collaboration with coach Temuri Ketsbaia," the club announced via a statement on their website on Tuesday.

"The technical leadership of the team will be temporarily undertaken by Bozidar Bandovic. His assistant will be Andreas Niniadis."

The move is a surprise one given that it comes on the eve of the team's opening European Champions League Group H match against Dutch champions AZ Alkmaar.

Former Newcastle United midfielder Ketsbaia replaced Spanish coach Ernesto Valverde after becoming the first man to lead Cypriot club Anorthosis Famagusta into the group stages of the Champions League last season.

Despite guiding Olympiakos safely through the Champions League qualification rounds, Ketsbaia was criticised by fans and the media for a 5-0 friendly loss to Erogtelis and following Saturday's 0-0 draw with newly promoted Kavala.

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