Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv announced late on Saturday night that it had terminated its relationship with Erez Edelshtein and replaced him as head coach with Rami Hadar, who had been an assistant with the club. In a release from the club, Maccabi noted the decision came after a late night meeting between ownership, management and Edelshtein "due to a poor fit between the sides." Edelshtein, 55, was hired this summer and has been the Israeli national team head coach since 2014.
Maccabi started the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season with a 0-2 record after losing close games on the road at EA7 Emporio Armani Milan and at home to Real Madrid. It hosts Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul in its next EuroLeague game on Wednesday. Maccabi leads the Israeli League with a 3-0 record.
Hadar, 49, joined Maccabi over the summers after two seasons as the head coach at Maccabi Haifa. He led that team to third place in the Israeli League regular season last year, but lost in 3-2 to eventual champion Rishon Lezion in the best-of-five quarterfinals. He had also served briefly as head coach of Hapoel Holon earlier in his career in addition to stops as head coach in the Israeli second division with Hapoel Afula, Betar Binyamina, Maccabi Ashdod, Maccabi Beer Yaakov, and Maccabi Hod Hasharon.