Spartak Moscow has fired coach Michael Laudrup after a poor start to the season and a 3-0 loss to Dynamo Moscow.
Laudrup said farewell Thursday to the team he had led since last September, Spartak said in a statement.
Laudrup was dismissed late Wednesday "in connection with unsatisfactory results," the team said. Assistant coach Erik Larsen was also let go.
"To be dismissed is never fun but all coaches know firings goes with the job, and nearly everyone will experience it sooner or later in their career," Laudrup said in an email. "Now I have tried it."
Spartak has only one win in four Russian league matches this season, and Wednesday's home loss to Dynamo in a Russia Cup match was a further blow.
Laudrup said he was told of the decision by phone.
"Since the dismissal I have received a lot of requests from Danish and foreign media," Laudrup said. "I fully understand the desire for more in-depth comments from my side but because my contract with Spartak Moscow has not yet been officially terminated, I have decided not to comment. This to avoid any imaginable misunderstandings."
Laudrup was Denmark's most famous player in the 1980s and '90s, playing for Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid.
He scored 37 goals in 104 appearances for Denmark. A former coach of Brondby and Spanish club Getafe, he signed a 16-month contract with Spartak last September.
Spartak said Laudrup was dismissed at the initiative of the club's general director Valery Karpin, who has taken over as interim head coach.