ATHENS (AFP) - Dusan Bajevic has quit as coach of AEK Athens for a third time in his career after a string of poor results raised the ire of a large portion of already-disgruntled fans.
The final act for the 62-year-old Bosnian Serb as AEK's coach came Sunday when his team suffered a 3-1 away loss to newcomers Olympiakos Volos.
The result left AEK in 13th spot in the 16-team Greek Super League on four points from the opening four matches of the season, Bajevic saying his resignation was the "only solution".
Angry AEK fans threw debris, including a broken chair, at Bajevic as he left the pitch after the match.
AEK announced that until a new coach is found former Albanian international midfielder Bledar Kola will take charge.
The Athens club faces Zenit St. Petersburg away Thursday in a Europa League group phase match.
Things turned sour during pre-season play when angry AEK fans attacked Bajevic after a defeat in a friendly against second-division club Kallithea.
Bajevic has a long history with AEK and as a player he is considered a club legend having helped them to two championships and a Greek Cup during his stay between 1977 and 1981.
As a coach, during the course of three stints in charge, he also led them to four championships and one Cup victory.
He had returned last season and led them to a respectable fourth place finish and a berth in the Europa League.
And yet there was a core of discontent within the supporter base that reviles Bajevic with a passion - simply because 14 years ago he left AEK to join bitter arch-rival Olympiakos.
In January 1997 when a Bajevic-led Olympiakos faced AEK for the first time in Athens he was met with a barrage of oranges, eggs and yoghurt thrown by the AEK supporters who had even printed and distributed fake money bearing his portrait.
When Bajevic, who played for Yugoslavia in the 1974 World Cup, rejoined AEK in the summer of 2002, some fans greeted him with black flags and banners protesting against his return.
During an away match when the team stopped for refreshments, AEK fans pelted him with coffee, sandwiches and chairs.
Bajevic later shocked reporters after a match with OFI Crete in 2003 when he said he had received death threats from angry AEK fans who considered him a traitor. He went on to say that he would "kill anyone who harms my family".
His second exit from AEK came in January 2004, his resignation coming after fans began abusing his wife during a match against Iraklis.
After leading Olympiakos to a league and cup double in 2006, Bajevic returned home to Serbia to take charge of Red Star Belgrade.
He lasted until March the following year when, with his team trailing 3-0 at home to Vojvodina with 18 minutes to go, he walked off the pitch and out of the stadium, never to return.
In November 2008, he returned to AEK.
|Garcia proud of resilient Roma|
|BREAKING NEWS: Ferdinand retires from football|
|World Cup allocation to remain unchanged, Blatter confirms|
|Blatter defiant after re-election|
|Barkley break to benefit Everton - Jones|
|Bilic proud of Besiktas achievements following his final game in charge|
|Vietto encourages Atletico bid|
|Di Santo in demand, claims agent|
|Arteta: Arsenal harbour high ambitions for next season|
|Wilmots considering Schalke offer|
|McCall: Rangers need a miracle|
|Sporting Kansas City 4 Dallas 0: Nemeth, Zusi destroy 10-man visitors|
|Geferson replaces Marcelo for Copa America|
|PSG captain Silva in doubt for Coupe de France final|
|Valverde: Bilbao to stick to style in Copa final|
|´Another round of indictments´ expected in FIFA case|
|Youngsters promoted to Australia´s squad to face Kyrgyzstan|
|Disappointed FFA, US Soccer still want change|
|Gutierrez: Ashley abandoned me|
|US senator urges Blatter to release Garcia Report|
|Gutierrez, Taylor released by Newcastle|
|Figo calls on re-elected Blatter to resign after ´dark day´ for football|
|Szczesny blasts father over ´idiotic´ comments|
|Blatter vows to leave ´strong´ FIFA|
|Blatter re-elected as FIFA president|
|BREAKING NEWS: FIFA elections set for second round of voting|
|Atsu wings in for Bournemouth campaign|
|Klopp: Pokal final not about me|
|Clement says Real goodbyes|
|Inter v Empoli: Icardi looking for final flourish|
|BREAKING NEWS: Blatter - I will fix FIFA|
|Northern Ireland v Qatar: O´Neill keen to prepare for Romania test|
|Palestine drop proposal for Israel suspension|
|Suarez will only get better, warns Iniesta|
|Martinez keen to recruit quickly|
|Monk keen to build on successful Swansea campaign|
|Fit-again Suarez set to aid Barca´s treble quest|
|Anonymous ´bomb´ threat received at FIFA Congress|
|Qatar organisers insist World Cup bid met ´highest ethical standards´|
|Wilkinson and Sorensen leave Stoke|
|Blatter: You can´t ask everyone to behave ethically just like that|
|Van Bronckhorst positive about Feyenoord future|
|Australian police to look into FFA-Warner dealings|
|Dardai signs Hertha deal|
|Protester interrupts FIFA Congress|
|Spurs complete Wimmer signing|
|Warner questions charges following release|
|Mexico v Guatemala: Herrera´s men kick off Copa preparations|
|New Zealand no longer supporting Blatter|
|´Post-World Cup trauma´ affected Mertesacker|
|Racing Club 0 Guarani 0 (0-1 agg): Draw sees Paraguayans through|
|Hamburg shocked by Karlsruher attack - Labbadia|
|Serie A Preview: Napoli, Lazio eye Champions League|
|Hodgson will not overstay England welcome|
|Scholes: United must keep Di Maria|
|Leyton Orient appoint Hendon|
|Benteke has a buy-out clause - Sherwood|
|US Soccer will support Prince Ali in FIFA election|
|Dynamo disappointed with officials after City friendly abandoned|
|Calls for Suarez appeal gather momentum|
|Eredvisie Review: Vitesse denied by late Uth goal, NAC Breda boost survival hopes|
|Rangers 1 Motherwell 3: McCall´s men facing uphill struggle|
|Hamburg 1 Karlsruher 1: Bundesliga side escape with draw|
|Blatter vows to lead FIFA clear of trouble as corruption scandal rolls on|
|Bundesliga: Bayern Munich season review - League crown not enough to signal successful campaign|
|Genoa forced to wait for UEFA licence|
|Injured Cardozo out of Paraguay squad|
|CONCACAF provisionally dismisses Webb and Li|
|Klopp: Career highlights of a charismatic coach|
|Verona v Juventus: Ogbonna seeks strong Champions League warm-up|
|FA charges Demetriou over betting breaches|
|Atalanta v Milan: Inzaghi faces last chance to prove worth|
|King joins Bournemouth as QPR rebuild begins|
|Plymouth part ways with Sheridan|
|Hernandez banned for three matches|
|Chelsea star Fabregas has nose surgery|
|Blatter: More bad news may follow|
|Galliani hopeful over Ancelotti deal|
|Frontzeck to continue as Hannover coach|
|Tremmel released as Tate waves goodbye to Swansea|
|Arsenal v Aston Villa: Sherwood out to upset holders|
|UEFA open to boycott of World Cup - Platini|
|Porto activate release clause for Casemiro|
|Athletic Bilbao v Barcelona: Catalans seeking second leg of treble|
|Auxerre v Paris Saint-Germain: History beckons for Ligue 1 champions|
|Cole confirms West Ham departure|
|UEFA elect not to boycott FIFA Congress|
|Borussia Dortmund v Wolfsburg: Klopp aiming for triumphant farewell|
|Flamini hails Coquelin impact at Arsenal|
|South Africa deny wrongdoing in World Cup bid|
|Benitez confirms Napoli exit|
|McShane among six released by Hull|
|Cerci committed to Milan|
|West Ham expect Collins to return for pre-season|
|Real deny Pogba bid|
|Important to keep Chelsea squad together - Mourinho|
|Alonso: Gerrard was magic|
|Pochettino silent on Ings speculation|
|Visa threatens to ´reassess´ sponsorship amid FIFA scandal|
|Blatter skips FIFA Medical Conference|
|MLS Preview: Revs not out for revenge against Galaxy|
|MLS Review: Sounders go top in West, Timbers and Galaxy win|
|AFC stands by Blatter|
|Matheus ´alright´ after collapse - Markevych|
|Copa Libertadores Review: River, Inter through to semis|
|Signing Toni a ´long shot´ for Adelaide|
|Ramsey good enough for Barca - Coleman|
|Bacuna pushing for Benteke stay|
|Evans stunner settles City friendly in Toronto|
|Banega: Emery a great coach|
|Emery tight-lipped on Sevilla future|
|Argentina finalise Copa America squad|
|Nike issues statement following arrest of FIFA officials|