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Dirty Tackle

Levski Sofia manager quits after first league defeat

Ryan Bailey
Dirty Tackle

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This man does not have a job (narodensport.eu)

This man does not have a job (narodensport.eu)

The intolerance of failure in Bulgarian football has become startlingly apparent in the past week: not only did Kaliakra suspend player wages until they started winning, but Levski Sofia head coach Nikolay Kostov has today resigned following his first defeat in the league.

The 26-time Bulgarian champions have been undefeated since Kostov took over in November, but this weekend's surprise home defeat by mid-table Minyor Pernik proved too much for the manager's exceptionally high standards. From Yahoo! UK:

"Levski didn't perform according to my expectations and we didn't achieve the results, which I expected when I took over," Kostov said. "Therefore I decided to quit."

Levski are just three points from the top spot in third place, and are still hot favorites to win the club's first league title since 2009. Interestingly, Sir Alex Ferguson lost his first league game in charge at Manchester Utd to lowly Oxford Utd in November 1986. If Fergie had applied the same standards to himself as Kostov, he probably would have been working behind a bar in Glasgow by New Year's Eve 1987.

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