Cosmin Olaroiu has resigned as coach of Romanian first division side FC Steaua Bucuresti, blaming the decision on a lack of support from the board of directors and players.
Nine points adrift
Steaua languish nine points behind league leaders AFC Rapid Bucureti in seventh position in Divizia A, having managed just two wins from seven games this season, losing twice and drawing three times.
The 33-year-old, however, is adamant his position has been under threat ever since he took the job last June. "I don't regret coming to Steaua but I feel all the bosses have been cold to me and created tension, which is unfair," he said. "A team needs peace and quiet to make progress.
"Nobody asked me to resign but it became obvious that I was not wanted," he added. "There is no chance of changing my mind and I would have quit after the game [against FC Arges-Dacia Pitesti] this weekend, whatever the result."
The coach claimed he was surprised he was let down by players he hoped to count on. "I trusted some players and they disappointed me while the ones I had no faith in did a good job."
Candidates for the post
Olaroiu led FC Nacional Bucuresti to second spot in the Romanian first division last term before taking over from Victor Piturca, who is still highly regarded by the players and, along with FC Brasov coach Marius Lacatus, is a candidate for the post now under the charge of interim coach Stefan Iovan.
Writing on wall
The writing was on the wall earlier in the week when Steaua president Viorel Paunescu claimed he was willing to take the "necesary measures" if Rapid failed to beat Arges this weekend.
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