NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- APOEL coach Thorsten Fink has left the team just two games before the end of the Cypriot championship and with the league leader only two points up on second-place Apollon Limassol following their match at the weekend.
An APOEL statement on Monday says the club and Fink have mutually agreed to dissolve their partnership in a "difficult but necessary decision" taken to serve the team's best interests.
Fink's exit, five months into an 18-month contract, comes after Sunday's 1-0 loss to Apollon. The 47-year-old German has also guided APOEL to the domestic cup final.
APOEL's technical director Gustavo Manduca, former captain Marinos Satsias and assistant coach Yiorgos Kostis have been appointed caretaker managers.
Apollon fired its Romanian coach Ioan Andone last month, six games shy of the championship's end.