Voronin Parts Company With Odessa

18 December 2003
From PA International

Valentyn Voronin has left his position as coach of Superliga leaders MBC Odessa, although the club insist he has not been fired.

MBC currently sit joint top of the Superliga with a 15-3 record alongside BC Kyiv, who also lost their head coach, Vitaliy Lebedyntsev, recently.

Despite domestic success, MBC have not done so well in the FIBA Europe League, and the recent 90-72 home loss to Russia`s Dynamo Moscow leaves them second bottom after 10 games.

Both club and coach insist the parting of ways was agreed by both parties, with Voronin telling the Bolelschik newspaper: “The decision to resign was mutual.

“The management was not satisfied with the team's results, and I was  not satisfied with the fact that my demands were not fulfilled, particularly in strengthening the team with new players.”

MBC spokesman Anatoliy Mazurenko added: “Voronin was not fired. The resignation had been made by mutual agreement.

“The head coach and the club's management decided to stop the co-operation due to the best for the team.”

Club captain Vadim Pudzyrey has been placed in temporary charge until the end of 2003 and will be assisted by Olexander Shevchenko, who was second in commanded under previous MBC coach Vitaliy Lebedyntsev.

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