Stoichkov quits Celta after personal problems

October 8, 2007

MADRID, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Hristo Stoichkov left Spanish second division side Celta Vigo for personal reasons, the former Bulgaria coach said on Monday.

Earlier in the day, a club spokesman and Spanish media reported he had been sacked.

'At a professional and personal level it is very difficult when your family isn't here. My parents aren't here and my wife and children are in Barcelona,' Stoichkov told a news conference.

'I was only waiting for a good game after which to take this decision.'

Club president Carlos Mourino said Stoichkov had informed them after Saturday's 3-1 home win over Xerez.

'It's a sad day for me because I have to say goodbye to an excellent person and a great friend. Stoichkov told us he wanted to leave for personal reasons and gave us some time to seek a replacement.'

Spanish media reported former Real Madrid and Levante coach Juan Ramon Lopez Caro was favourite to take over at the club.

Stoichkov, the former Bulgaria and Barcelona striker, quit his position as Bulgaria coach to replace Fernando Vazquez in April but failed to prevent the side being relegated from the Primera Liga last season.

They have had a slow start in the second division and lie 11th in the standings with 10 points from seven games.