• Kyodo


Albert Pobor has stepped down as manager of Cerezo Osaka and will be replaced by former Oita Trinita manager Shinji Kobayashi, officials of the J. League first-division side said Tuesday.

Pobor, 48, was promoted from assistant coach to manager after Fuad Muzurovic was released in April, but he was unable to turn the team’s fortunes around as Cerezo finished at the bottom of the first-stage standings with just 10 points from 15 matches.

The 43-year-old Kobayashi, who led Oita to promotion from the second division in 2002, will take the helm through Jan. 31 next year.

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