Former Hearts, Celtic & Scotland defender Steven Pressley axed as boss of Cypriot side FC Pafos – three months after signing new contract

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BY ALAN TEMPLE – @CCP_Sport

STEVEN PRESSLEY has been dismissed by Cypriot side FC Pafos after just eight months in charge.

The former Celtic, Hearts and Scotland defender took the reins at the top-flight outfit in February amid a fraught relegation battle.

He proved an immediate success, guiding them to safety and reaching the Cypriot Cup semi-final. The ex-Falkirk manager was rewarded with a new two-year deal in June.

However, Pafos have endured a miserable start to their league campaign this term, claiming just one point from their opening four matches, and a 3-0 defeat against Nea Salamis on Saturday was the death knell for Pressley’s reign.

Former Ayr United boss Brian Reid, who was Pressley’s assistant in Cyprus, has also left the club.