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Bleiberg quits as United coach: report

Miron Bleiberg has reportedly quit as coach of A-League club Gold Coast United.

Bleiberg was suspended by the club earlier this week for saying a decision to name 17-year-old Mitch Cooper as team captain for the clash against Melbourne Heart was merely a "ceremonial" gesture.

And the outspoken coach has reportedly walked out saying the decision by controversial chairman Clive Palmer had taken away his dignity.

Assistant coach Mike Mulvey, who took the reins for the 1-0 loss to the Heart, is now expected to take over the position until the end of the season.

Bleiberg and United chief executive Clive Mensink were unavailable to confirm the reports when AAP tried to contact the pair on Sunday night.

If Bleiberg has left the club it caps a horrible day for the bottom-placed outfit after Palmer was slammed for his comments in a Queensland newspaper on Sunday.

In an extraordinary spray, Palmer derided soccer as a "hopeless game" and dared Football Federation Australia (FFA) to strip him of Gold Coast's licence.

"If we wanted to stay and they (FFA) wanted to take it off us, they'd all be in court, and (FFA chief executive) Ben Buckley would run a thousand miles," Palmer told Brisbane's Sunday Mail.

"That's the reality of it.

"They can say what they like ... the A-League's a joke.

"I don't think I'll ever talk to Ben again in my life, to be honest."

Buckley described Palmer's comments as offensive.

"Football fans across Australia will today rightfully condemn the lack of respect inherent in comments made by Clive Palmer," Buckley said in a statement.

When told of the news Bleiberg had quit Adelaide United coach John Kosmina expressed his sadness.

"When you get your chairman to come out and make comments like Clive Palmer did in the last 24 hours, that's disgraceful and maybe Miron's just resigned on principle," Kosmina told Fox Sports.

"Clive has disrespected Miron, he's disrespected the game, he's disrespected the players at his club that he was making such a big stink about (when he suspended Bleiberg)."

The club is likely to re-schedule its Monday morning press conference to the afternoon when it's expected the news will be confirmed.


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