Betar Jerusalem 311.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Betar Jerusalem will enter Saturday’s Premier League match against Hapoel Ramat
Hasharon in a state of limbo following the official resignation of coach Yuval
Naim on Thursday.
Assistant coach Hanan Azulai guided Betar in Thursday’s
training session and is set to be on the sidelines for the team’s Premier League
encounter against Hapoel Ramat Hasharon on Saturday.
Kornfein confronted Betar players on Thursday, telling them: “It may be
comfortable for you that the coach has paid the price for your failures, but you
are the ones responsible for our recent results and you are the ones who can
change our situation.”
Betar, which was knocked out in the last 32 of the
State Cup by National League club Bnei Lod on Tuesday, is just two points above
the relegation zone after losing its last two league matches, being humbled by
both Hapoel Rishon Lezion and Bnei Sakhnin.
“I’m not sorry I came to
Betar,” Naim said on Thursday. “I came to the club when no one else wanted to
come. I’m leaving a warm and loving club and I pray that Betar will survive in
“I’m certain that I’ll coach Betar again some time in the
Naim admitted that he couldn’t see a way he could continue after
consecutive losses to both Sakhnin and Lod.
“Losing twice in a row to
Arab clubs is too much,” said Naim, who denied that he was pushed out of the
club by Kornfein. “No one wanted to sack me.
It was my decision to leave
“I was at Betar for six months but I feel 10 years older. It is
time to leave the stage for someone else who will help Jerusalem stay in the
Maccabi Tel Aviv will also look to rebound from its mid-week
shock cup exit at the hands of Hapoel Jerusalem on Saturday when it hosts Bnei
Yehuda at Bloomfield Stadium.
Hapoel Haifa, which trails Betar by two
points and is only kept out of the relegation zone thanks to its goal
difference, faces a tricky visit to Ashdod SC on Saturday.
Aviv can reduce Ironi Kiryat Shmona’s lead at the top to nine points for at
least 24 hours with a win at Hapoel Rishon Lezion on Saturday.
Shmona will look to continue its surge to the Premier League title when it hosts
Beersheba on Sunday.
Also Saturday, Maccabi Netanya visits Hapoel Petah
Tikva and Bnei Sakhnin hosts Hapoel Acre.
Maccabi Haifa faces Maccabi
Petah Tikva at Kiryat Eliezer Stadium on Monday.