Slumping Grasshoppers fires coach Murat Yakin

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ZURICH (AP) Grasshoppers says it has fired coach Murat Yakin as the 27-time Swiss champions fight against relegation.

The former Basel and Spartak Moscow coach will leave the club along with Hakan Yakin, his brother and a former Switzerland teammate.

Grasshoppers says in a statement it regrets firing Yakin, who was appointed only seven months ago.

The Zurich club has won two of nine games since the midseason break. While still sixth in the 10-team Swiss league, it is only four points clear of last place.

Grasshoppers, which won its most recent league title 15 seasons ago, says sporting director Mattias Walther will lead an interim team of coaches.