Japan Dumps Former Coach, Appoints Nishino Ahead 2018 World Cup

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Nishino replaces Vahid Halilhodzic, the Japan Football Association announced on Monday.

"This has become an urgent situation", Tashima said. It salvaged a 1-1 draw on the last kick of the game in a friendly against Mali, and days later lost 2-1 to Ukraine.

But he missed out on leading Ivory Coast during the tournament in 2010 when he was sacked as national coach just months before the finals following the team's disappointing performance in the African Cup of Nations.

Japanese worldwide and Southampton centre back Maya Yoshida has admitted his chock at the choice to replace the team's manager, but will focus on doing as well at the World Cup as possible as the countdown continues. However, further criticism was to follow with poor performances and results in the eight matches played since qualification was secured.

The former Paris Saint-Germain boss now faces a summer without a World Cup, just as he did eight years ago when Ivory Coast fired him four months before the tournament began.

The Franco-Bosnian was one of the managerial successes of the 2014 World Cup as he guided surprise-package Algeria beyond the group stages with a series of impressive performances.

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Three times before at Stamford Bridge Javier Hernandez had been used as a substitute and the Mexican had scored on each occasion. For West Ham, it was a valuable point in their fight to beat the drop, with a sizable advantage now over the bottom three.

South Korea fired coach Uli Stielike a year ago and replaced him with Shin Tae-yong.

Asia's dominant teams have tended to struggle at the World Cup when the top teams from Europe and Latin America are peaking.

South Korea's run to the semifinals in 2002 as co-host remains the best run by an Asian team at the World Cup.

After being hired in March 2015, he steered the national team to qualification for the finals in Russian Federation in June but has since been panned for the team's showing in a series of recent global friendlies. This time the JFA parted ways with the Bosnian after a crisis meeting decided Halilhodzic's time with Japan was up.

Halilhodzic led the team to their sixth straight World Cup finals. After advancing to the second round in the 2010 finals in South Africa, Japan were eliminated in the group stage of the following tournament with two defeats and a goalless draw.

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