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Dumitrescu steps down from Steaua helm

Published: Tuesday 21 September 2010, 18.21CET
FC Steaua Bucureşti are seeking their third coach since June after Ilie Dumitrescu followed Victor Piţurcă in stepping down less than two months into his tenure.
Dumitrescu steps down from Steaua helm
Ilie Dumitrescu's penultimate game in charge of Steaua was a 4-1 defeat by Liverpool last week ©Getty Images
 
 
Published: Tuesday 21 September 2010, 18.21CET

Dumitrescu steps down from Steaua helm

FC Steaua Bucureşti are seeking their third coach since June after Ilie Dumitrescu followed Victor Piţurcă in stepping down less than two months into his tenure.

Ilie Dumitrescu has resigned as coach of FC Steaua Bucureşti after only 40 days in charge of the UEFA Europa League contenders.

The 41-year-old former Romanian international succeeded Victor Piţurcă on 11 August, the latter having only taken the reins himself in early June. Dumitrescu, who enjoyed two spells with Steaua as a player, announced his decision after Monday's 1-1 home draw with second-bottom FC Astra Ploiesti in Liga 1, the capital club's fourth successive game without a win in all competitions.

Despite that result, Steaua trail leaders FC Oţelul Galaţi by just a point eight matches into the season. Tuesday's training session was led by Dumitrescu's assistant, Eduard Iordanescu, though no decision has been made regarding a permanent successor. Steaua play SSC Napoli on 30 September having opened their UEFA Europa League Group K campaign with a 4-1 loss to Liverpool FC last week.

Last updated: 21/09/10 18.52CET

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