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Odisha FC dismiss coach Kiko Ramirez

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After 5 losses in 10 games, ISL side Odisha FC have decided to dismiss coach Kiko Ramirez. The club arrived at such a sudden verdict following a series of poor results.

The official release reads – “Odisha FC has terminated Head Coach Kiko Ramirez’s contract. This has been a very difficult decision and not one that the club owners and management have taken lightly”

“After lengthy deliberation and consideration amongst the club’s technical committee, it was decided a change is needed now to give the club time to improve performances and results this season”

Continuing as they thanked Ramirez, the statement added – “The club would like to thank Kiko for his efforts and wishes him the best for the future. The club shall make further announcements in due course.

With the sacking of Ramirez, Odisha FC are reportedly looking at Kino Sanchez to succeed him at the club

A torrid start for Ramirez

Odisha FC, led by Kiko Ramirez, began their ISL 2021-22 season fairly well. They managed to pick up wins in their opening 2 matches against Bengaluru FC and SC East Bengal. The Kalinga Warriors boasted a pristine style of attacking football in both games, but since then have only been able to win 2 more matches.

On December 24, they locked horns with FC Goa and had to settle for a draw. The rest of the 5 matches after ended in defeats. Losses to Jamshedpur FC (0-4) and Hyderabad FC (1-6) were heftier than others.

However, the Juggernauts seemingly looked to be on their way back following a 4-2 win against champions Mumbai City FC. Nonetheless, they picked up another 0-2 defeat to against Kerala Blasters FC on January 12. This proved to the final nail in the Spaniard’s coffin with the club announcing his dismissal after 2 days.

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