The Premier League season has only just ended, but the coaching merry-go-round
is already in full swing.
After not having his contract renewed following
four seasons at Maccabi Haifa, Elisha Levy wasted little time before choosing
his next destination, signing for Hapoel Beersheba just a day after losing to
Hapoel Tel Aviv in the State Cup final.
In his four years with the
Greens, Levy led Haifa to two championships and three cup finals, as well as
participation in the Champions League and Europa League group
Nevertheless, he was told last month that he would not be
continuing following a disappointing season.
Haifa eventually ended its
league campaign in fifth place and its 2-1 loss to Hapoel in the cup final meant
that it failed to qualify for European competition for the first time in four
“I left a big club to join another big club,” Levy said on
Thursday after signing with Beersheba, which only maintained its Premier League
status in the final weekend of the season.
“I think a team that brings
12,000 fans to a match when it’s fighting against relegation belongs among the
“I believe we will build a team that will live up to the
expectation level from a club like this.”
Levy’s replacement at Maccabi
Haifa is already making his presence felt, with Reuven Atar meeting Thursday
with the core of the squad around which he plans to rebuild the
Foreigners Seidu Yahaya, Bojan Saranov, Jurica Buljat and Danijel
Cesarec were not invited to the meeting as they are all set to be released,
while Haifa is also looking to loan out Hen Azriel and Ali Osman.
starting anew so go and enjoy your holiday because I want you to come back fresh
for the start of training,” Atar told the players.
Stepping into Atar’s
big shoes at Netanya is Tal Banin, who is confident he can guide the club to
“There is a wonderful squad here and I am not afraid
of the challenge,” said Banin, who led Hapoel Haifa to another season in the
top-flight after replacing Nitzan Shirazi in November of last year.
Eli Cohen also agreeing personal terms to stay at Betar Jerusalem for another
season, only three jobs remain up for grabs in the Premier League.
most lucrative opening remains at Maccabi Tel Aviv, while Hapoel Haifa and
Hapoel Acre have also yet to sign a coach for next season.
The battle for
Premier League promotion will be decided on Friday when Hapoel Ramat Gan and
Bnei Lod meet at the Moshava Stadium in Petah Tikva in a winner-takes-all