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(photo credit: Meir Even Haim)
Hapoel Beersheba missed an opportunity to move tied on points with league-leader
Maccabi Tel Aviv on Monday night, only managing a 0-0 draw against rock-bottom
Hapoel Ramat Hasharon.
After a dismal first half, Beersheba had its fair
share of chances to claim all three points, but couldn’t break down Ramat
Hasharon’s defense and remained in second place, two points behind
Earlier Monday, Beitar Jerusalem owner Eli Tabib rallied behind
coach Eli Cohen following the calls by fans to sack him during Saturday’s 4-1
defeat to Ironi Kiryat Shmona at Teddy Stadium.
After a five-match
unbeaten streak, Beitar has lost its past two games by a combined goal
difference of 1-6 and the supporters have taken their frustration out on the
However, Tabib called for patience on Monday, claiming
that he isn’t even considering replacing the coach and promising that he will
strengthen the squad in the January transfer window.
“It is very
important to me that the Beitar fans will comprehend the situation the team
finds itself in,” a Tabib statement read. “When I arrived here I said that I
will be patient in the rebuilding process. I am aware that the team isn’t
playing well at the moment, but the massive debts and my late arrival at the
club didn’t allow me to bring in the players I would have liked.
amounts have been invested and I plan to strengthen the team in the upcoming
Tabib said he is “personally offended” by the calls
against the coach and asked the fans to support Cohen and the team.
aware of the difficulties and that is why I am pleased with Eli Cohen’s work,”
he added. “We are just at the beginning of the road and without unwavering
support by the fans it will be tough for me to take Beitar to the places the
club deserves to be in.”