Radomir Antic has been fired as Serbia’s coach and replaced by Vladimir Petrovic.
The former Real Madrid and Barcelona coach had been suspended for four matches by FIFA after insulting a referee at the World Cup.
Without Antic, Serbia won its opening European Championship qualifier against the Faeroe Islands, but drew with Slovenia.
“We made a unanimous decision to terminate the contract with Antic. We gave him a second chance after the World Cup fiasco but we got ourselves into a predicament and we really had no choice,” FSS president Tomislav Karadzic told a news conference.
“Antic turned out to be a good short-term solution but left a lot to be desired in the long run. Petrovic will sign until the end of 2011 and his contract will be automatically extended if we qualify for Euro 2012.”
Petrovic’s first games in charge will be against Estonia and Italy next month in Group C of Euro 2012 qualifying.
Petrovic previously coached China’s national team, but he was dismissed in 2008 after the Asian nation was eliminated from qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.
Petrovic was hired by Red Star Belgrade in 2009, but was fired after less than a year in charge.