Rimas Girskis decided to step down as head coach of the Ukrainian side Azovmash.
"The team was playing poorly, especially in the Ukrainian championships, so there was a need of changes", Girskis told the Lithuanian website Basketnews.lt.
Girskis claimed that the biggest problem was that teams in the Ukrainian League were obliged to have at least one home-grown player on the court at all times.
The coach is going to return to Lithuania on Wednesday and plans on resting until the New Year.
Andrey Podkovyrov will replace Girksis as the coach of the team. As a matter of fact, it was Girskis who replaced Podkovyrov in 2004 when he arrived at the club.
Marius Prekevicius left the club together with his coach. The club was not satisfied with his game, so Azovmash decided to fire him. The guard was averaging 8,1 points, 2,6 rebounds and 2,9 assists in the Ukrainian League.
Azovmash have won only 3 of 8 game in the Ukrainian League and are in the 9th spot at the moment.
The changes in the club left only one Lithuanian, Rolandas Jarutis, remaining in the team.