Sofia: Bulgaria sacked national team coach Lyuboslav Penev on Thursday after the team`s poor showing in the Euro 2016 qualifiers.
"We analysed the situation in the national team. All three years of Lyubo Penev when he had 9 wins, 7 draws and 8 losses... The team`s showing has not been good, especially in the past year," Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) president Borislav Mihaylov said.
Penev, 48, a former Valencia and Atletico Madrid striker, was appointed in November 2011 and was largely praised for imposing a regime of hard discipline on the players.
But he came under fire after Bulgaria`s losses against Croatia and Norway and the 1-1 home draw against Malta that left the team fourth in Euro2016 qualifying Group H.
The BFU did not immediately announce a replacement.
Penev was part of Bulgaria`s all-time best national squad that qualified for the 1994 World Cup, but missed the tournament after being diagnosed with cancer.