Steaua Bucharest coach leaves in contract dispute

Steaua Bucharest owner Gigi Becali says Victor Piturca has quit

the club without signing a contract to be coach.

Becali says Piturca left Sunday after the pair disagreed over

contract conditions.

Piturca, a former Romania coach, started working as Steaua’s

coach but never signed a contract.

He confirmed his departure from Steaua on Monday, saying he

could not work with Becali and did not want to be


Steaua’s owner is renowned for his hands-on approach with the

club. In 2007 he forced Gheorghe Hagi to resign after publicly

deriding the former star player’s abilities and claiming the right

to interfere in naming the lineup.

Since then, Steaua had a succession of coaches but none has

stayed long-term.