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Nagoya Grampus coach and general manager Takafumi Ogura has taken an indefinite leave of absence, sources inside the J. League first division side said Tuesday.

Ogura stepped up to assume his new roles last November, but has failed to save the club from the threat of relegation and has been asked to “take a break” with the club standing at the bottom of the second-stage standings with no wins, two draws and seven losses.

Under the 43-year-old Ogura, Grampus finished the first stage 14th out of 18, and are yet to break out of a winless streak, which has reached 17 after a 3-1 defeat to Kashiwa Reysol on Saturday.

Club president Kazumasa Kume, who served as the general manager through the 2015 season, will take over the general management duties.

Bosko Djurovski, who was appointed assistant coach this month, was named interim coach for the remainder of the season.

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