Chennaiyin FC have mutually parted ways with head coach Bozidar Bandovic with four matches still left in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22. They are currently at the eighth spot with 19 points in the standings and the odds to qualify for the semi-finals have started to look bleak.

The development surfaced following their 0-5 defeat to FC Goa in on Wednesday — the heaviest loss endured by the club in its history.

Bandovic was in charge of the first team for 16 matches — winning five, drawing four and losing seven.

The team’s assistant coach Syed Sabir Pasha will take over in the interim. Pasha has served as the assistant coach to the first team since 2017. The former India international turned out for Indian Bank in his playing career from 1991 to 2007.

“Over the years, we’ve lost and won. But as a club, losing like this is something we cannot stand by and watch. And for now, we have full confidence in Sabir to see the season through,” co-owner Vita Dani stated.