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Finland sack Backe

Finland yesterday sacked head coach Hans Backe who failed to win a match in less than a year in the job.

Assistant coach Markku Kanerva will replace the 64-year-old Swede on a three-year contract with Finland lying fifth in 2018 World Cup qualifying Group I on one point from four games.

Backe, previously coach of FC Copenhagen and New York Red Bulls, was criticised for playing with a five-man defence which reduced the team's attacking threat.

Finland, ranked 93rd in the world, have never qualified for the Finals of the World Cup or European Championship. - REUTERS

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