BELGRADE - Red Star Belgrade and their Macedonian coach Cedomir Janevski parted company by mutual consent on Friday. "Janevski is no longer able to stay in charge of Red Star and has therefore agreed to terminate his contract with the club," the Serbian first division team said on their website. "His assistant Sinisa Gogic will take over until the end of the season." Janevski's departure came amid a financial crisis at Red Star after their debts to creditors and players swelled to 28 million euro. The players, who said they had not been paid for months, are lining up for moves. Red Star's water supply and telephone lines were cut off for several days in March over unpaid bills. The club were also forced to shut down their canteen and travel to first division rivals Javor Ivanjica on match day because they could not afford to pay for a night in a local hotel. On the pitch Red Star were knocked out of the Serbian Cup semi-finals by second division Sevojno while bitter city foes Partizan retained the league title with five games to spare. The 1991 European Cup winners were also eliminated from the UEFA Cup preliminary stages by Cypriots APOEL Nicosia in August. On Thursday the players practised under police escort, fearing an intrusion by angry fans who forced out the board and president Dobrivoje Tanasijevic last month.
8 May 2009
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