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After four straight defeats Zubeldia accepts the directors' request to step down as coach...

Luis Zubeldia today resigned as coach of struggling Lanus, as the Primera Division's longest serving trainer left the Grana after more than two years at the helm of the club.

Ole reports that the 29-year-old agreed to walk away from the club he represented as a player after being asked to step down by the board. The decision was made following the defeat against Velez Sarsfield at the weekend, which was the Buenos Aires club's fourth in a row.

Youth coach Gabriel Schurrer will take over from tomorrow at the club - with one of his assistants being Gustavo Zubeldia, Luis' brother.

"The directors asked me to step aside," the young tecnico revealed this morning after a meeting with the club.

"The truth is that I felt positive, happy and still wanting to continue. These are decisions that must be accepted however. I thank the Lanus fans for all the support that they showed me in this time, but above all I want to thank all the players that came out to stand behind me.

Zubeldia became the youngest coach in Primera history when he took over Lanus in 2008, at the age of just 27. The coach was forced to retire from at 23 due to a chronic knee injury, and immediately went into coaching - first helping train the Grana youth divisions before becoming an assistant, in which role he lifted the club's first ever championship in 2007.

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