By Nemanja Bjedov
Defending Cypriot champions APOEL have parted ways with Portuguese coach Paulo Sergio after less than five months at the helm, following a dismal record of three wins in 11 matches.
The decision was made by the club board following Thursday’s 3-0 Europa League loss to German side Eintracht Frankfurt – APOEL’s sixth consecutive European match without a win.
“We would like to thank Paulo Sergio for his understanding and decency during our meeting with him,” read an official club statement. “We wish him every success for the future, both professionally and personally.”
The 45-year-old Sergio arrived this summer after the departure of Ivan Jovanovic, but endured a string of disappointing results, with the highlight of his time with the Nicosia club being a 1-0 victory over Apollon in the Super Cup.
Yiannos Ioannou, who also served as an assistant to Jovanovic, will assume the role of caretaker manager until the club appoints the new man in charge.
Ioannou will have to prepare the team for the upcoming league match against Aris on Monday night at the GSP Stadium.
APOEL are currently fifth in the league with seven points from four matches.