Oded Katash 311.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Oded Katash’s reign at Hapoel Jerusalem came to an abrupt ending on
After a mostly disappointing 18 months at the helm, capped by
Monday night’s 22-point BSL thrashing at the hands of BC Habika’a, Katash
notified his players in Tuesday’s training session that he has guided them for
the last time.
The 37-year-old arrived at Jerusalem with lofty
expectations in June 2010 after leading Hapoel Gilboa/Galil to the BSL title the
However, it quickly became apparent that achieving
success at the pressure cooker that is Hapoel would be anything but
There were few bright spots to Katash’s first season in
the capital, with the team crashing out of the Eurocup in the first group stage,
losing in the State Cup quarterfinals and falling to Gilboa in the BSL Final
Despite being handed a three-year deal, there was much
speculation Katash would be replaced before the start to this season, but Hapoel
gave him the chance to rebuild the roster, only to see it suffer yet another
bitterly poor start to a campaign.
Jerusalem failed to make it past the
Eurocup regular season once more, and despite beating Maccabi Tel Aviv in league
action at Nokia Arena for the first time since 1990, it fell to a 6-4 record in
the BSL following the humbling loss to Habika’a.
The early favorite to
replace Katash is Sharon Drucker, who guided Hapoel to the ULEB Cup in
Drucker began the season at Italy’s Montegranaro, but was
fired last month.