Buriram part ways with Ghotbi

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Buriram United have sacked coach Afshin Ghotbi despite the defending Thai Premier League champions claiming victory over Army United on Friday.

Last week’s victory sees the club move up to third in the league standings, but the three points were not enough to save Ghotbi, who only took over at the club in May.

“We spoke to Ghotbi after the match and he is well aware of the situation in the team,” Buriram team manager Tatthep Pitakpoolsin told the Bangkok Post after Friday’s match.

He added: “We would like to thank Ghotbi for his good work with our team and wish him good luck for the future.”

While  Buriram initially showed an upturn in results after Ghotbi replaced Alexandre Gama, it is believed that he paid the price for failing to meet targets set by the club’s owners, while his often defensive style of play failed to win over the supporters.