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Luzon relinquishes Hapoel helm

Guy Luzon has resigned as coach of Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC with the UEFA Cup contenders rooted to the foot of the Ligat Ha'Al, having taken six points from ten games.

Guy Luzon has resigned as coach of Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC with the UEFA Cup contenders rooted to the foot of the Ligat Ha'Al standings.

Poor form
Luzon's departure comes less than 24 hours after Hapoel slipped to their sixth defeat of the season, losing 2-0 at Maccabi Haifa FC. The 13-time Israeli champions have won only once in the league this season, defeating city rivals Maccabi Tel-Aviv on 11 November, and have taken just six points from ten matches.

'Hard feelings'
"I am leaving the club with hard feelings as I really took everyone here to heart, even in the most difficult times," said Luzon. "I just hope that some day I will be back to coach the club again." The prospect of a return was also raised by the Hapoel board, saying in a statement: "We were sad to accept Guy's resignation and thank him for his contribution to the club. We regard Guy highly and think he is one of the best coaches in Israel who might someday return."

Getafe test
Fitness trainer Ron Zivlin will take charge of Thursday's UEFA Cup fixture away to Getafe CF, where Hapoel will go in search of their first Group G points after opening with successive 2-0 defeats against RSC Anderlecht and Tottenham Hotspur FC.

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