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J. League first-division side Nagoya Grampus announced Sunday that Akira Nishino will not be offered a contract for next season.

The 60-year-old Nishino is the J. League’s most successful coach of all time with 268 victories in the top flight. Grampus finished ninth in this season’s first stage. They are currently 10th in the second stage and have been eliminated from both the Nabisco Cup and the Emperor’s Cup.

Japan’s manager at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Nishino won the league in 2005 with Gamba Osaka and the Asian Champions League in 2008, as well as two Emperor’s Cups (2008, 2009) and the Nabisco Cup (2007).

Nishino parted ways with Gamba in 2011 to take over at Vissel Kobe the following year but was sacked midway through last season before the club was relegated.

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