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Sekizuka named Jubilo manager

Iwata, Shizuoka Pref. Kyodo

Jubilo Iwata on Sunday named Japan’s London Olympic coach Takashi Sekizuka as the first-division club’s new manager.

Sekizuka returns to club management for the first time since leaving Kawasaki Frontale in 2009 and will take charge for Iwata’s league game away to fellow strugglers Oita Trinita on May 25.

Sekizuka was at Yamaha Stadium on Saturday as Iwata crashed to a 4-2 home defeat to Frontale that kept it second-from-bottom in the standings with just one win from 12 matches.

Hitoshi Morishita stepped down as manager on May 4 after a disastrous start to the season and assistant coach Tetsu Nagasawa was installed as caretaker.

Sekizuka took over as manager of Frontale in 2004 after a spell as assistant coach at Kashima Antlers.

He oversaw Frontale’s promotion to the J. League first division and turned them into perennial championship contenders before stepping down at the end of the 2009 campaign.

Under Sekizuka, Japan had its best Olympic result in 44 years in reaching the last four.