NIIGATA – Fumitake Miura is poised to step down as manager of struggling Albirex Niigata.
The J. League first-division club announced Sunday that Miura has been placed on leave. The 46-year-old offered to resign after Friday’s 3-0 defeat against Kawasaki Frontale.
Brazilian-born former Japan striker Wagner Lopes is in negotiations with Niigata to take over as manager, according to a source close to the matter.
Koichiro Katafuchi will act as caretaker manager until a permanent replacement is appointed.
Niigata is currently second from bottom in the J1 standings with just five points from 10 games this season.
Miura was manager of third-division AC Nagano Parceiro last year and took over as head coach at Albirex this season.