Serbia national team sacked head coach Ljubisa Tumbakovic after Euro 2020 flop

The Balkan nation’s football association (FSS) announced earlier this week that Ljubisa Tumbakovic will no longer be the head coach of the Serbia national team after they failed to qualify for the Euro 2020 finals. Last month, the European Football Association (UEFA) fined the FSS and suspended Tumbakovićfor one match due to the delay of Serbian players in the match against Hungary last 11 October.

“The FSS and Ljubisa Tumbakovic have parted ways by mutual consent and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours,” the FSS said  on its website. “FSS vice-president Marko Pantelic has started the process of interviewing the candidates to take over and Tumbakovic’s successor is to be named by the year’s end.” Serbia have never qualified for the European Championship as an independent nation.

The 68-year-old spent a year and a half on the Serbian bench and recorded six wins from 14 matches. He was previously sacked as Montenegro boss in July last year after he and two players in the team boycotted a Euro 2020 qualifier against Kosovo the previous month. Tumbakovic failed to lead Serbia to the delayed Euro 2020 tournament, which is scheduled to take place next year.

During the Euro 2020 play-offs, Norway’s talisman ErlingHaaland was stunned by Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinković-Savić, who scored twice to lift Serbia into the finals with a 2-1 extra-time, ending Norway’s Euro 2020 qualification berth. However, Scotland, who have never reached any major tournament since 1998 World Cup, ended their Euro dreams in the 5-4 penalty shootout win.

Before the end of the year, it should be known who will be the new coach, who will take over and will be tasked with qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from a group which includes Portugal, Ireland, Azerbaijan and Luxembourg. The Serbs had participated in the World Cup in Russia along with Brazil, Switzerland and Costa Rica in the group. They had not managed to reach the 8th.