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Iniesta's J-League club Kobe part ways with coach Lillo

AFP  |  Tokyo 

legend Andres Iniesta's have terminated the contract of following a poor run of results, the Japanese club said on Wednesday.

The 53-year-old former Real Sociedad and Zaragoza boss won just two of six games since taking charge last October as star-studded Vissel slipped to 10th place in the 18-team top flight.

officials said had left the club by mutual agreement. Iniesta signed for last May in a historic deal worth a reported $30 million a year.

winner, who lifted 32 major trophies with Barcelona, plays alongside former striker and former Barca and team mate

Vissel were expected to mount a serious challenge for the title with the 34-year-old's arrival but finished 10th last season, and fellow Spaniard has failed to improve his talented side's results, despite the efforts of Iniesta.

Seven points off table-topping and FC Tokyo, Kobe have leaked nine goals in their last three matches.

Iniesta created two of the goals in Kobe's 4-2 home defeat by last weekend but was clearly in a foul mood when he walked off the pitch, barking "no comment" as he stormed past waiting reporters.

Iniesta's signing was viewed as a timely boost to the J-League, which once attracted luminaries such as Brazilian great and former England striker when it began in 1993 but has struggled to tempt marquee players in recent years.

But the 34-year-old has already hinted at a return to Barca in some capacity, recently telling Radio Marca: "I don't know what role I would occupy, but in any case can count on me.

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First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 14:10 IST