Romania news

Cluj part company with coach Andone

October 24, 2012
By ESPN staff

Romanian champions CFR Cluj have parted company with coach Ioan Andone despite picking up a point against Galatasaray to move closer to Champions League qualification on Tuesday night.

Ioan Andone
PA PhotosIoan Andone steered Cluj to a double

Andone's team, playing on a dreadful pitch in Turkey, completed only 51 passes - the fewest by any team in a Champions League game - as they drew 1-1 despite playing for more than an hour with only ten men.

But it appears disappointing recent domestic results are the main reason for the departure of Andone.

The Railwaymen lie tenth in the Romanian League with 16 points from 12 games and are already 13 points adrift of table-toppers Steaua Bucharest.

"CFR Cluj's club management and Ioan Andone have reached an agreement to end relations," a club statement said.

"We are proud of everything that we have accomplished together. Andone has, and will always have, a special place in the hearts of our supporters."

Cluj are currently behind only Manchester United in their Champions League group, having won one, drawn one and lost one of their three games.

Andone steered Cluj to a domestic double in 2008, and has spent two spells at the club. Reports suggest he could be replaced by ex-Lazio coach Edoardo Reja.