BENDIGO City FC has lost its coach after one round of the National Premier League Victoria season, with Esteban Quintas quitting to return to Spain.
Bendigo City announced the appointment of Quintas in December, but his stay in Bendigo after moving from Spain has been short-lived.
As well as the senior coach of Bendigo City FC, Quintas was also running the Genova International Academy Football program in Bendigo.
“Due to circumstances outside of Esteban’s and Bendigo City’s control, he will discontinue his role as the senior coach,” Bendigo City FC said in a statement on Wednesday.
“Bendigo City has nothing but praise for Esteban’s enthusiasm, passion and football expertise he imparted to our senior playing group whilst here in Bendigo.
“While the role Esteban filled as senior coach has been brief, his contribution has been extremely valuable in terms of giving our players a taste of European football standards and setting up the football structure to move forward.
“The club is fortunate to be able to draw on coaching expertise associated with the club and Football Federation Victoria while the transition is made to the appointment of a new senior coach in the following weeks.”
With an interim coach still to be appointed, Bendigo City FC returns to the field from 7pm on Saturday to take on Sunshine George Cross at Epsom-Huntly Recreation Reserve.
Bendigo City FC opened its 2016 NPL season last Saturday with a 4-0 defeat by Melbourne City.