Soccer / Be'er Sheva Wins So Klinger Quits

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Nir Klinger announced last night that he was quitting his job as coach with Hapoel Be'er Sheva, immediately after his team collected their first three points of the season, with a 2-0 win over lowly Hapoel Haifa. The Ghanaian Laryea Kingston set up Oded Gavish who scored a backheel to put Be'er Sheva in front in the 17th minute, and Emjad Suliman scored a 25-yard screamer in the 66th minute to put the game to bed. Klinger, who informed owner Alona Barkat of his decision, claimed that he made up his mind last week, but that if Be'er Sheva hadn't won he would have stayed. "It's cowardly to leave after a series of losses, and I'm not one who gives up easily. It was a terrible period but the dressing room stayed united," Klinger said. "I knew we would win this game. I told the players that much, and I also knew that I would leave after the victory."

Alona Barkat said to Haaretz: "Klinger walked over after the game and informed me he had decided to quit. It was his call. I respect his will, and wished him well." Barkat will hold meetings with club CEO Asi Rahamim in the next few days to decide who will take the position.

GOING COASTAL: FC Ashdod players celebrating on their way to a 3-0 thrashing of Beitar Jerusalem.Credit: Ilan Assayag

Beitar Jerusalem continued their run of poor form with 3-0 defeat at Ashdod. Midfielder David Revivo scored a free-kick in the 47th minute, and Idan Shriki doubled the score 10 minutes later, before setting up Moshe Ben Lulu for the third in the 63rd minute.

Pini Balili was on target for Bnei Yehuda, who beat Rishon Letzion 1-0. Kiryat Shmona grabbed three points against Ramat Hasharon thanks to a Shimon Abuhatzira goal in the 67th minute. Hapoel Acre and Hapoel Petah Tikva bored the fans for 90 minutes in their scoreless draw.

League leaders Maccabi Tel Aviv will host champions Maccabi Haifa tomorrow, due to both teams' Europa League games last Thursday, while Maccabi Netanya will host Hapoel Tel Aviv. Maccabi Petah Tikva will try to spoil Bnei Sakhnin's perfect home record when both teams meet tonight.