KOBE (Kyodo) Vissel Kobe have decided to part company with manager Hiroshi Matsuda at the end of this season, the J. League club’s president Sadayuki Adachi said Thursday.

“We have decided that in order to make a big step up next season we need to start with a new coach,” said Adachi.

Adachi had asked Matsuda to stay on at the start of November but made an about turn and told him he was being released Monday.

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