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Bakhar in for Landau at Kiryat Shmona

Published: Wednesday 3 October 2012, 15.15CET
Hapoel Kiryat Shmona FC have changed coach on the eve of the UEFA Europa League Group I visit of Olympique Lyonnais, with Barak Bakhar coming in for Gili Landau.
Bakhar in for Landau at Kiryat Shmona
Gili Landau is no longer coach at Kiryat Shmona ©Getty Images
Published: Wednesday 3 October 2012, 15.15CET

Bakhar in for Landau at Kiryat Shmona

Hapoel Kiryat Shmona FC have changed coach on the eve of the UEFA Europa League Group I visit of Olympique Lyonnais, with Barak Bakhar coming in for Gili Landau.

Gili Landau has been removed as coach of Israeli champions Hapoel Kiryat Shmona FC on the eve of Thursday's UEFA Europa League Group I home game against Olympique Lyonnais.

The 54-year-old lasted just a few months in the job and will be replaced at the helm of the team seventh in the Israeli Premier League by his assistant Barak Bakhar. Capped six times by his country as a striker, Landau spent his entire playing career at Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC before briefly coaching the club in 2004. He left Hapoel Petach-Tikva FC to succeed Ran Ben Shimon in charge of title winners Kiryat Shmona in May.

Bakhar, 33, represented Kiryat Shmona as a defender before moving into coaching. Kiryat Shmona kicked off their Group I campaign with a creditable 1-1 draw away to last season's beaten finalists Athletic Club.

Last updated: 03/10/12 18.13CET

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