Victor Piturca quits Romania for Al Ittihad
Victor Piturca has resigned as Romania coach in order to take charge at Saudi Arabian club Al Ittihad.
Piturca's decision comes after Romania's 2-0 win over Finland on Tuesday moved them up to second place in Group F of the Euro 2016 qualifiers ahead of next month's meeting with group leaders Northern Ireland.
"The Romanian Football Federation and Victor Piturca have cancelled today, Oct. 16 2014, by mutual consent, the contract for the post of coach of the Romanian national team and the contracts of the other members of coaching staff," a statement on the Romanian Football Federation (FRF) website read.
The FRF has called a news conference for Monday to discuss the next step with the national team.
Al Ittihad, recently linked with a move for Neil Lennon prior to him taking over at Bolton, later announced Piturca's arrival on their Twitter account.
Posting a picture of Piturca holding a scarf alongside club officials, a tweet read: "Victor Piturca. The current manager of #Ittihad"
Piturca, 58, had been in his third spell in charge of Romania, taking over in 2011 after previously guiding the national team to the European Championships of 2000 and 2008.
Al Ittihad are second in the Saudi Arabian Pro League on goal difference, having won all six matches so far, but they have been seeking a permanent replacement for Khalid Al Koroni since August.