(photo credit: JPost Staff)
There seems to be no end in sight to the administrative turmoil at Hapoel Tel
Aviv, and fans of the club are growing more and more frustrated with every
Dozens of Hapoel supporters protested outside the
club’s Hodorov training complex on Sunday to voice their anger with the ongoing
wrangling between co-owners Moni Harel and Eli Tabib that has brought complete
disarray to their beloved team.
Three days after saying that long-term
assistant Yossi Abuksis is set to succeed his mentor Eli Gutman as head coach,
Tabib announced on Saturday that Dror Kashtan will return to Hapoel to guide the
team in 2011/12 for what will be his fourth tenure at the club.
announcement by Tabib, who claims to be the sole owner of the club (although the
matter will be discussed in court later this month following an appeal by
Harel), caught everyone by surprise, most of all Abuksis, who was already
preparing the side for the coming season.
“Before speaking to Dror I
Only then did I call Kashtan,” Tabib said on Sunday. “I
don’t know why the fans are angry.
“We are trying to progress in our
preparations for next season, but we are being disrupted by
Unsurprisingly, Harel’s representative on the board, Kobi Sidi,
had a different angle on the situation, although he did confirm Kashtan will be
the team’s coach.
“This is going to be a disaster for Hapoel,” Sidi said.
“Tabib says he is signing players and coaches, but at the moment he can’t even
sign off on the kit the team will wear.
“I want the team to continue its
preparation, but at the moment everything is stuck and only the judge will
decide who really owns Hapoel.”