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League I: Universitatea Craiova sacks head coach

Universitatea Craiova lost its away game against Otelul Galati, score 0-1, with head coach Eugen Neagoe being sacked as a consequence. The game counted for the last leg before the midseason break.


‘Neagoe was given the freest hand within Universitatea. 4 or 5 players will leave, and we’ll have a new head coach in the second half of the season! I wouldn’t have kept him even if we would have won today,’ Adrian Mititelu, the owner of Universitatea, stated after the game.


The head coach was taken by surprise by the owner’s decision. ‘I don’t know anything about this, the game just ended and I haven’t talked to Adrian Mititelu yet. Anyway, I am not the one that decides what’s going on at the team and I will respect the owner’s decision. Craiova’s football tradition did not start and won’t end with me. Of course I am upset, I can’t say I’m indifferent,’ Neagoe stated for GSP TV.


Universitatea registered its 10th defeat this season, the club ranking on a disappointing 13th place.


The decision to sack Neagoe is fueling speculation that Universitatea will be coached by Victor Piturca, the former head coach of the national team. In fact, Piturca attended the game that Craiova lost to Steaua (1-2) in leg 16.


In its turn, CFR Cluj totaled 34 points after its victory against Ceahlaul, score 2-0. Yssouf Kone scored in the 25th and 57th minutes. CFR now tops, at least temporarily, the League I standings.


Other results: Pandurii Tg Jiu – Unirea Alba Iulia 2-0; Bistrita – Rapid 1-1. The following games took place on Sunday: Gaz Metan Medias vs. Asta Ploiesti (0-0); Steaua vs. International Curtea de Arges; FC Brasov vs. FC Timisoara; Dinamo vs. FC Vaslui. The final game of this leg is scheduled on Monday: FC Urziceni vs. Politehnica Iasi.

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