Soccer / Premier League

Dror Kashtan Quits Bnei Yehuda

After loss to Ramat Hasharon, former national team coach decides to call it a day 'for the good of the club.'

After Bnei Yehuda’s loss to Ramat Hasharon, which saw the Tel Aviv club go the to bottom of the Premier League table, and after failing to record even one win this season in 11 outings, coach Dror Kashtan resigned from the club on Sunday. Kashtan had said previously that he was adamant not to leave the club and to try to help it find its form, but finally he gave up.

“I care about Bnei Yehuda,” he told his friends. “I reached the conclusion that for the good of the team, only industrial peace and a good connection with the fans can help the club survive in the league, and despite believing that this was possible, I decided that the best thing for Bnei Yehuda would be a parting of the ways.”

“This is a sad day for Bnei Yehuda,” owner Moshe Demayo said. “Kashtan decided to call it a day. This wasn’t the first time this season that he requested to be released. We tried to convince him to stay, but he had made a firm decision to leave.

“Everybody is aware of my relationship with Dror, but he insisted,” Damayo added. “Yaakov Assayag and Dror Shimshon will hold the training sessions until we appoint a new coach. I don’t know when that will happen. We will debate the issue and find a successor. At the moment, there aren’t any candidates since we didn’t think Kashtan would resign. We managed to persuade him to stay on several times. We respect Kashtan’s decision and will carry on.”

The last time a coach resigned from Bnei Yehuda was in March 2008, when Eli Cohen quit. Then, too, the club was last in the league. Cohen was replaced by Hezi Shirazi and Assayag, who managed to save the team from relegation.

Nir Keidar