Christodoulou leaves Limassol

Cyprus champions AEL Limassol announced on Monday that coach Pambos Christodoulou is to leave the club by mutual consent, just days before a crunch UEFA Europa League clash with Turkish side Fenerbahce.

Cypriot Christodoulou, 45, lead the team to a slender 2-1 league win against Salamina at the weekend, ahead of Thursday's home game against Fenerbahce - billed as one of the biggest in the club's history.

But a brief statement on AEL's website said the board had "ended its cooperation by mutual consent with the team's coach and his technical staff".

Although it did not elaborate on the reasons for his departure, the club "warmly thanked" Christodoulou for his contribution in winning the title and "bringing joy" to the fans.

Christodoulou took AEL to their first league title for 44 years last season but failed to make it to the UEFA Champions League group stage after losing to Anderlecht at the last hurdle.

AEL are currently fourth in the table following a string of below-par performances and in their last Europa League outing were hammered 5-1 away to French club Marseille, which followed a credible 0-0 home draw with German side Borussia Monchengladbach.