Viorel Hizo has stepped down as coach of FC Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt after his side resumed their league campaign at the weekend with a 5-1 loss against fellow strugglers FC Petrolul Ploiesti.
'Needs a shock'
The defeat saw Ceahlaul fall to the foot of the table, with Petrolul moving off the bottom and climbing to 13th place. "The team needs a shock, in order to wake up, because it seems to be too sleepy in this struggle against relegation," Hizo said.
"I consider this shock to be my resignation and that's why my decision is definite. Last season, with the same squad, we came fifth. I cannot understand what has been happening, but the fact is I have to leave the club."
Most successful coach
The 57-year-old has been the club's most successful coach ever. In several spells at Ceahlaul he led the club to fourth place in 2000 and fifth last season, as well as qualification for the UEFA Intertoto Cup.
Contenders for job
Among the contenders to fill his shoes are Mircea Rednic and Marius Lacatus. Ceahlaul are the eighth Romanian First Division club to change coaches this season.
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