Maccabi Tel Aviv FC would like to thank Dennis Gentenaar for his work as goalkeeping coach over the past year after the 46-year-old Dutchman requested to leave and return back home for personal reasons.

Maccabi’s Head of Football Department Barak Itzhaki, said: “Dennis joined the Maccabi last season and immediately hit the ground running. The professionalism and strong work ethic Dennis displayed throughout, were significant to the development of our goalkeepers. Even though Dennis had asked to leave a couple of months ago and return to Holland, he agreed to our request and stayed until now for which we are grateful. It was an absolute pleasure working with Dennis during my spell as interim coach – thank you Dennis and good luck”.

Gentenaar, who joined Maccabi as GK coach in January 2021, told the club’s official website of his decision: “I would like to thank everyone at Maccabi from the management the players, the back-office staff, and fans for making me feel at home over the past year. My connection to Maccabi and Israel was strong and immediate, but the distance from my family especially in these challenging times is something which took its’ toll. I am leaving Tel Aviv as a lifelong Maccabi fan, wishing the team the success it deserves and looking forward to meet everyone in February in Eindhoven. Yalla Maccabi.”.

Following the immediate departure of Gentenaar, Shura Ubarov will fill the role of goalkeeping coach.