Iranian club Saipa Tehran VC has announced in its official website that Bulgarian coach Miroslav Zhivkov has resigned from the team’s head coaching job after the team suffered its fourth loss in the Iranian Super League. The coach cited that despite a good preparatory period, with very organized camps, he was not able to achieve his desired results. He left Saipa with the team currently occupying the 6th place of Superliga’s standings, with a 4-4 record. He has since returned to Bulgaria. Saipa called on experienced Iranian coach Mohammad Hamsech to fill up his spot.
Zhikov is 46 years old and started his coaching career as an assistant with famous Bulgarian club CSKA Sofia in 1999. He later assumed the team’s head coaching position, leading it a national championship. In 2005, he was appointed as Bulgaria’s female national team coach, with which his his best result was a 9th place finish at the CEV European Championship in Croatia.