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Danish side Aalborg sack Rioch as coach

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  • Danish champions Aalborg axe coach Bruce Rioch after poor form this season
  • The Scotsman led club to the Danish title and Champions League group stage
  • But they are struggling this season and they lost 6-3 to Villarreal on Tuesday
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(CNN) -- Danish champions Aa Aalborg have parted company with coach Bruce Rioch following their 6-3 Champions League defeat by Villarreal on Tuesday.

Coach Rioch has paid the price for Aalborg's dismal run of form this season.

Aalborg have failed to emulate last season's success when they won the league title and qualified for the Champions League for the first time in their history.

Instead they are second from bottom in the domestic standings with two wins from 10 matches and also prop up Champions League Group E with a single point behind Celtic, Villarreal and Manchester United.

Former Arsenal and Bolton manager Rioch was told earlier this month his contract would not be renewed when it ended on December 31.

But a 2-1 home defeat to FC Nordsjaelland last weekend proved the final straw for AaB and their director of sport, Lynge Jakobsen, who suggested a difference of opinion was behind the Scotsman's immediate departure.

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"Qualification for the Champions League was a success, but we have to say that our results in SAS Ligaen have not been satisfactory," said Jakobsen. "We have decided to stop now because we are no longer in agreement with Bruce Rioch about what is the best way to get satisfactory results in the coming weeks."

Assistant coach Allan Kuhn will take charge of the team for the rest of the year.

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