Bleiberg quits as Gold Coast coach
Gold Coast United coach Miron Bleiberg has quit the club immediately after feeling chairman Clive Palmer "took away his dignity" by suspending him this week.
Bleiberg was given a one-match suspension by the club after claiming Palmer's decision to name 17-year-old debutant Mitch Cooper captain was nothing more than a ceremonial gesture. The suspension surprised Bleiberg, who has now walked away from the club.
"I'll not be back," Bleiberg said. "Clive can take my job, but he took away my dignity. No one can take away my dignity. If Clive wanted to hurt me, he succeeded. If he didn't mean to hurt me, he made a mistake.
"According to him, he made the right decision to suspend me. From my point of view, it wasn't. I respect his decision, but there is no doubt in my mind that the punishment to suspend a coach for a thing like this, after all what we had gone through together, didn't fit the crime."
Bleiberg was due to return to his coaching duties today ahead of Wednesday night's home game against Central Coast Mariners, but it is now expected that assistant Mike Mulvey will take the reins for the rest of the season.