Syria reportedly sack ex-Glory coach Stange


Former Perth Glory boss Bernd Stange has reportedly become the second coaching casualty of the AFC Asian Cup.

Arabic football blog Ahdaaf and podcast The Asian Game both tweeted the German had been axed by Syria after his side's 2-0 defeat to Jordan in Al Ain.

The loss leaves Syria with just one point from two games in Group B ahead of a clash with Australia in Al Ain next week.

AAP has sought confirmation from the Syrian FA but it's understood the 70-year-old has been replaced by Ayman Hakeem for the remainder of the tournament.

Hakeem led Syria during the qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, where Syria reached the regional play-off before losing to the Socceroos.

Jordan's win means Syria need to defeat Australia to have any hope of qualifying to the tournament's knockout stages.

Stange, who coached the Glory between 1998 and 2000, is the second coach sacked in less than a week in the tournament after Thailand dumped Milovan Rajevac after a 4-1 loss to India.

Rajevac was replaced by Sirisak Yodyadthai, who was at the helm as Thailand bounced back with a 1-0 win over Bahrain in Dubai.

Source AAP