Georgi Ivanov began his third
stint as coach of Levski Sofia on Tuesday after being named as
the replacement for Nikolay Kostov, who resigned on Monday.
"Georgi Ivanov will be Levski coach until the end of the
season and we'll have a new coach after that," the club's chief
executive Ivo Tonev told reporters. "We'll announce the name of
the new coach on April 24."
Levski confirmed that they had held talks with Stanimir
Stoilov, who guided the 26-times Bulgarian champions to the UEFA
Cup quarter-finals and to the Champions League group stages in
Former striker Ivanov, 35, replaced Serbian Ratko Dostanic
in 2009 on an interim basis and then took the post from Yasen
Petrov last May only to quit following Levski's 1-0 defeat by
bitter city rivals CSKA in October.
Ivanov, twice Bulgarian Footballer of the Year, knows what
awaits him at a club with hugely demanding and impatient
He became a crowd favourite after scoring a record 15 goals
in the "eternal derby", as matches between traditional Sofia
rivals Levski and CSKA are known.
Capped 33 times by Bulgaria, Ivanov, who also played in
France, Turkey and Croatia, was instrumental in helping Levski
to win six league titles and four national cups.
Ivanov, who scored 120 goals in 205 matches during his three
spells at Levski between 1997 and 2009, will make his debut on
Thursday when the side visit champions Litex Lovech.
Levski are third in the standings with 45 points from 20
matches, three points behind leaders CSKA, who also changed
their coach this month.
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