Gheorghe Hagi is no longer the head coach of Viitorul Constanta, the Romanian football club that Hagi also owns. He did take the decision in consultation with his chairman Gheorghe Popescu. The poor performance of last season was the deciding factor.
Hagi has been at the helm of Viitorul since September 2014. The 125-time international piloted his team to the title in 2017 and also won the Romanian Cup and Super Cup with Viitorul. But last season, 55-year-old Hagi failed to make it into the top six. As a result, his team now also plays in the final round for retention in the Romanian football league, rather than in the playoffs for the title.
“We will appoint a new coach in the coming days, so that he has the necessary time to get to know the team in the run-up to the start of the new season,” Hagi himself reports in a communiqué on the Viitorul website.
The Romanian football legend and ex-player of Real Madrid and Barcelona will continue to work for the club as technical director of the youth academy that bears his name.