OSSIE ARDILES 298.88.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
What a difference 24 hours can make.
A day after telling reporters that coach Ossie Ardiles will "stay at Betar Jerusalem until he brings us a championship," Betar chairman Vladimir Shklar sacked Ardiles on Wednesday.
"Vladimir Shklar approached Ardiles and asked him to add an Israeli coach to the coaching staff. Ardiles refused and the two decided to part ways," read the official Betar announcement. "We wish Ardiles luck in the future and we thank him for his contribution to the team."
The 54-year-old Argentinian only guided Jerusalem in five league games, winning the first three and drawing and losing the last two, respectively. The Argentinian also coached the team in the qualifying round of the UEFA Cup, losing 2-1 on aggregate to Romanian side Dinamo Bucharest.
But the coach wasn't fired because of the results he achieved. Even during the team's winning streak, Ardiles was under constant criticism for the team's disappointing style of play and Betar players claimed not to understand the coach's instructions.
Ashdod SC coach and former Betar legend Yossi Mizrahi, who met with Shklar on Wednesday, will be the team's new coach.
The 53-year-old was Betar's goalkeeper for 14 years, helping the team to its first ever championship in 1987 and will be a popular choice among the Jerusalem faithful.