Sparta Prague sack manager Andrea Stramaccioni amid first season

Struggling Sparta Prague have fired Andrea Stramaccioni as coach despite spending big on new players.

The move comes after Sparta drew 1-1 with 10-man Brno over the weekend. The team are fifth in the standings, 14 points behind leaders Viktoria Plzen.

Sparta opted to hire a foreign coach after struggling at home and abroad last year. The most famous Czech club, once a regular in the Champions League, last played in the group stage in 2005.

Stramaccioni was given a long-term task to build a new team. He signed 11 foreign players before the season and more during the winter break but the club lost patience after the team showed no signs of improvement.

Stramaccioni previously coached at Inter and Udinese in Italy, and at Panathinaikos in Greece.