Georgia have appointed Croatian Ivo Susak as their acting coach following the resignation of Alexander Chivadze.

The 56-year-old will prepare the national team for the EURO 2004 qualifiers against Russia on 30 April and the Republic of Ireland on 11 June.

“We will be looking for a new coach but it is not impossible that Susak will stay on a permanent basis. This will depend mostly on results and the way the team plays in the games in which he is in charge,” Georgian Football Federation (GFF) president Merab Jordania said.

Susak replaces Alexander Chivadze, who quit the post after the 0-0 draw in Switzerland last Wednesday which left Georgia bottom of qualifying Group 10.

“I would like to thank the GFF for this opportunity and I will do my best to lead the team out of the difficult situation they find themselves in,” Susak said.

Susak has left Georgian Premier League leaders Dinamo Tbilisi to take over the national team. The Croatianhas also worked with with Croatian clubs Dinamo Zagreb, Cibalia, Zagreb, Osijek and Marsonia.