Club Brugge sack coach Garrido
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Belgian first division side Club Brugge fired their Spanish coach Juan Carlos Garrido on Thursday following their failure to qualify for the UEFA Europa League.

The team who last won the Belgian title in 2005 are off to a bright start this season and are currently second with 17 points from 21, just one point behind leaders Standard Liege. Their next match is at home to champions Anderlecht on Sunday.

However the disappointment of failing to reach the group stages of Europe's second tier competition likely cost the 44-year-old Garrido his job as assistants Philippe Clement and Stephan Van der Heyden step into a duel caretaker's role

Garrido, who took over the post a year ago from Georges Leekens after leaving Liga outfit Villarreal, is the first head coach to be sacked in the Belgian top flight this season.