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Ketsbaia resigns from Cypriot job

Temuri Ketsbaia
The Cypriot club begged former Newcastle star Temuri Ketsbaia to stay

Former Newcastle midfielder Temuri Ketsbaia has resigned as coach of Cypriot side Anorthosis Famagusta.

This season, Ketsbaia, 41, became the first man to lead a Cypriot team into the Champions League group stages.

The team are out of the title race in Cyprus this year and a club statement read: "He said the decision was taken in the best interests of the club.

"We asked him to reconsider as he was the main factor in our success - but he said it was final."

BBC Sport interviewed Ketsbaia in October during the Champions League group stages, when the Georgian talked openly about a return to Tyneside one day and manage a club he cares deeply for.

"As a player I had a dream to move to big clubs and I did that - as a manager that dream is no different," he commented.

"If I get the chance to move to a bigger club in a bigger country then of course I would take it.

"It was a great opportunity for me to play for Newcastle and if the chance came up to manage them then I wouldn't say no."

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see also
Ketsbaia's Cypriot revolution
21 Oct 08 |  Europe
Champions League as it happened
26 Nov 08 |  Europe

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