Lithuania coach Raimondas Zutautas quits

Raimondas Zutautas
Zutautas' side had slipped to 75th in the world rankings

Lithuania coach Raimondas Zutautas has quit after completing the Euro 2012 qualification campaign with a crushing 4-1 home defeat by the Czech Republic.

"Since I, as manager, failed to fulfil the task, I am ending my work with the team," Zutautas said.

The 39-year-old had replaced Portugese Jose Couceiro in February 2010, had long been under fire.

Lithuania managed only one victory in eight games - a 1-0 away win against the Czechs in September 2010.

They lost 2-0 away to minnows Liechtenstein last June and then drew September's return match 0-0.

Zutautas' side finished fourth in Group I behind Spain, the Czechs and Scotland.

This week's defeat allowed the Czechs to overtake Scotland and take their place in the play-offs for next summer's finals.

Having reached a high of 37 in the Fifa rankings in 2008, Lithuania have slipped to 75th - the biggest drop of any side.