Beersheba coach Nir Klinger_311.
(photo credit: Asaf Kliger)
Nir Klinger left Hapoel Beersheba on Saturday night, announcing his resignation
in his post-match TV interview moments after his team finally picked up its
first points of the Premier League season, defeating Hapoel Haifa 2-0 at Kiryat
After beginning the season with six straight defeats, it
was a surprise Klinger was still at the helm for Saturday’s match, but it was
even more shocking that he decided to walk out on Beersheba after it finally
managed to claim a win.
Oded Gavish scored the opener in the 17th minute,
with Amjad Suliman clinching the three points with a goal from 20 meters out in
the 66th minute.
“I’m very pleased with my team’s performance today,”
Klinger said. “But I think matters got out of hand following the recent defeats.
I’m very happy for the players, but I’m going to be leaving the team for many
“It’s easy to leave when the team is losing, but I had no
intention of doing that. I should have already gone after what happened
with the fans last week, but now I’m leaving the team in a good situation after
it has won its first match of the season.”
Haifa coach Nitzan Shirazi
might also be looking for a new job in the near future, with his team picking up
just a single point in its first seven matches following Saturday’s
After its impressive start to the season, Betar Jerusalem fans
are beginning to panic following the team’s second straight defeat on
Ashdod SC recorded a resounding 3-0 home win over Betar, with
David Revivo (47), Idan Shriki (58) and Moshe Ben- Lulu (63) scoring the
Also Saturday, Bnei Yehuda beat Hapoel Rishon Lezion 1-0 courtesy
of Pini Balili’s 11th minute goal, while Ironi Kiryat Shmona defeated Hapoel
Ramat Hasharon by the same score-line thanks to Shimon Abu Hazeira’s winner
Hapoel Acre drew 0-0 at Hapoel Petah Tikva.
hosts Maccabi Petah Tikva on Sunday, with Hapoel Tel Aviv visiting Maccabi
Netanya on Monday and Maccabi Tel Aviv welcoming Maccabi Haifa.