Darren Abdilla has resigned from Maltese Premier League title chasing Gzira United.

The 39-year-old released a statement following his resignation stating: “My time has come. As from today I’m not in the helm of Gzira United.

“I offered my resignation and after it was turned down by our President, I insisted that it was for the best interest of the club.

“I always felt that even though the coach is not always to blame he should be mature enough and put the best interest of the club before his.

“I shoulder all the responsibility, for the team’s performance. I leave the club in a European competition place and in the quarter finals of the cup with only nine matches to go.

“I have a broken heart as this club was my family and this was my job. I leave behind great memories and was very proud to write history for this club. I only have words of praise for this club which I spent almost five years and was on the touchline not less than 124 games.

“I want to thank all the players who I coached, committee members, sponsors, staff and supporters for all their memories.

“My heartfelt thanks goes to my loyal staff Andrew, Johann and Domenic. I need to thank Marlon who was a very important person throughout this journey.

“But my biggest gratitude goes to the beloved President, Sharlon Pace who believed in me from day one. All what I achieved in football was thanks to him. Thank you for always being honest, for helping me and for your friendship. You are a great gentleman and one of a kind. Thanks Pres.

“I hope that we cross paths again in the future. Up the Maroons.”

Darren Abdilla has left Gzira United with immediate effect

Abdilla had an impressive spell in charge of United after being appointed in November 2016.

He had previously been the club’s Technical Director.

The 39-year-old was in charge as The Maroons qualified for European Football for the first time since 1973/74.

Gzira are currently third in the Maltese Premier League with 34 points to their name.

The side lost their first game of the season on Sunday, losing 1-0 to second placed Hibernians.

Club President Sharlon Pace also released the following statement through the football club: “I’d like to begin by thanking Darren for all he has achieved at Gzira United over the last five years.

“Under his stewardship, we’ve achieved things on the football pitch that surpass anything in modern memory, and that have gone well beyond my wildest expectations as President and as a fan.

“Under Darren’s management, we took this club to the highest position it has held in almost 50 years and created memories that will last forever.

“As I said previously, I had no intention of sacking Darren. Subsequently Darren – being the great man he is – came to us and made it clear that at the moment in time the team needed a shock and he sacrificed himself for the club”

Pace is yet to comment on Abdilla’s replacement. The Maroons face Birkirkara on Sunday 17 February.

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