Beitar Jerusalem coach Eli Cohen is fired by owner Eli Tabib.
(photo credit: Asaf Kliger)
Exactly one week after releasing a statement calling for fans to rally behind
the team and claiming that he isn’t even considering replacing the coach, Beitar
Jerusalem owner Eli Tabib sacked Eli Cohen on Tuesday morning.
didn’t even notify Cohen in person of his decision, choosing instead to delegate
the awkward responsibility to his representative at the club, Nir
Since last week’s announcement, Beitar suffered a 1-0 defeat at
Ashdod SC on Saturday, dropping to 10th place in the standings with its third
straight loss. Jerusalem currently has 14 points from 11 matches, winning four
games, while losing five and drawing a pair.
However, after saying last
week that he was “personally offended” by the calls from the stands against the
coach and that he was “pleased with Cohen’s work,” it is hard to make sense of
Tabib’s latest bewildering decision.
“I decided to part ways with Cohen
in light of our recent matches,” said Tabib on Tuesday.
“We haven’t been
playing well. The fans did not influence my decision.
“This is a
It has nothing to do with the fans or Haim
We haven’t been playing well for a while, not only in our last
match. This doesn’t mean that Eli Cohen isn’t a good coach. It just means that I
had to shake up the club and that’s why I did it.”
Tabib fired Haim
Revivo, who was brought in to help him run the club, on Sunday, with the Israel
national team legend claiming that Cohen leaks club secrets to the media and
that there was no chance he would end the season at Beitar.
Cohen is the
fourth coach to be fired or resign this season, joining Rafi Cohen (Hapoel Ramat
Hasharon), Moshe Sinai (Maccabi Petah Tikva) and Dror Kashtan (Bnei
“Considering the offseason the club experienced, I think the
team has exceeded expectations and is in a good position,” said
Cohen’s assistant, David Amsalem, will take charge on an interim
basis, with Nitzan Shirazi and Roni Levy among the early candidates to be named
as the next coach.