Alan Pardew has announced that he will be leaving his role as CSKA Sofia manager and technical director immediately after his own Black players were targeted with racial abuse. Despite losing to bitter rivals Levski Sofia last month, Pardew decided to stay on as manager next season. On their way to one of their last matches, they were met by a large number of fans who threw bananas at four black players. He has decided to leave the club along with his assistant Alex Dyer- the first Black man to hold a coaching role at the club.

“The events before and after the match against Botev Plovdiv were unacceptable not only for me but also for my assistant Alex Dyer and for my players. Our players decided to play out of loyalty towards the club,” CSKA Sofia boss Alan Pardew said. “This small group of organized racist fans, who tried to sabotage the game, are not the fans I want to coach the team in front of. That’s definitely not the right way for CSKA because such a club deserves a lot more.”

“I would want to express my gratitude towards all true CSKA fans for their support and passion. I also want to thank Grisha and Dani Ganchev [the club owners] for their efforts to bring the club forward despite all the challenges and circumstances,” he added. “It’s been a privilege and honor to serve this great club. Unfortunately, my time here has come to an end.”

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