Sparta boss could face sack if club fail to reach Europa League

The manager of Sparta Prague, Vítězslav Lavička, could lose his job if the Czech football league champions fail to reach the Europa League group stage, the Czech News Agency reported. Sparta drew 1:1 with Zwolle in the first leg of a playoff tie last week and will welcome the Dutch side at their Letná stadium on Thursday for the second. Sparta have been performing poorly since being knocked out in qualification for the more prestigious Champions League and have lost their last two matches in the domestic league.