Nikola Ilievski has stood down as coach of Macedonian champions FK Pobeda, citing personal reasons.
The former F.Y.R. Macedonia coach replaced Dragan Kanatlarovski in January and went on to mastermind the greatest moment in Pobeda history. However, Ilievski has decided to leave on a high note, citing "family reasons". He added: "I want to spend more time with my family and I have some commitments towards furthering my education."
Pobeda's director of sports, Marjan Stojkoski, said: "The coach's decision has taken us by surprise. We begin preparations for the new season on Wednesday and we hope to resolve the coaching issue after that." Pobeda will compete in the UEFA Champions League first qualifying round.