J-League's top team Sagan Tosu fires manager

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 8, 2014 at 8:00 am •  Published: August 8, 2014
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TOKYO (AP) — Japanese J-League side Sagan Tosu has fired manager Yoon Jung-hwan just days after the South Korean guided the team into first place.

Sagan officials said Friday that Yoon's contract was terminated because of a lack of trust between the 41-year-old coach and his players, but didn't go into specific details.

Sagan moved into first place with 37 points on Saturday with a 1-0 victory over Nagoya Grampus.

Yoon was appointed manager in 2011, helping second-division Sagan earn promotion to the top flight.

The club finished fifth in its first season in the top division in 2012 but dropped to 12th last season.

Yoon played for South Korea at the 2002 World Cup the country co-hosted with Japan. He played for Cerezo Osaka and Tosu in the J-League before retiring in 2007.

Tosu coach Megumu Yoshida has been promoted to manager of the club for the remainder of the season.