Spartak sack Laudrup

Nine-time Russian champions Spartak Moscow have sacked coach Michael Laudrup after Wednesday's 3-0 defeat by city rivals Dinamo Moscow in the Russian Cup quarter-finals, the club has announced.

The 44-year-old Dane, who took over at Spartak in September 2008, became the sixth manager dismissed by the club in six years.

He joined Andrei Chernyshev, Nevio Scala, Alexander Starkov, Vladimir Fedotov and Stanislav Cherchesov, who have filled the position since the long-serving Oleg Romantsev resigned in June 2003.

Last year Spartak finished eighth in the domestic league under Laudrup's guidance. This year they have already suffered two defeats, and collected only four points in four matches in the Russian Premier League.