MOSCOW, October 21 (RIA Novosti)
The Swedish coach of KHL team Atlant Moscow Region, Janne Karlsson, has been fired following a 4-1 defeat to reigning champion Dynamo Moscow, the team announced Sunday.
Karlsson becomes the second coaching causality this season after Finland’s Kari Heikkila lost his job at Dynamo Minsk last week.
The 2011 Gagarin Cup finalist finished fourth in the Western Conference to reach second round of playoffs last season, and had a good start this term, but has lost eight of its last nine to plunge to ninth.
“Our team has lost eight of the last nine games and progress in the team’s performance, first of all in its tactics, is not visible,” sports director Andrey Popugaev said on the team’s website.
“That’s why yesterday, after the match against Dynamo Moscow, the decision was made at an emergency meeting that Janne Karlsson should quit his post.”
The 54 year old signed a contract with Atlant in June 2011 to become an assistant coach to Bengt-Ake Gustafsson, reuniting the team that won 2006 Olympic Games and world championships with the Swedish national team.
Gustafsson was fired after a slow start to last season, and Karlsson was put in charge in November.
Karlsson notched up 36 wins in 68 games with Atlant.
One of Karlsson’s assistants, Alexander Smirnov steps in as acting head coach.
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