Soccer: Floundering S-Pulse cut ties with manager Cklamovski

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Shimizu S-Pulse have parted ways with manager Peter Cklamovski following a poor start to his first season at the helm of a J-League first-division side, the club said Sunday.

The 42-year-old Australian took the reins at Shimizu this season after helping Yokohoma F Marinos win the J-League title last year as an assistant to compatriot Ange Postecoglou.

S-Pulse are currently 17th in the 18-team J1 table with three wins, five draws and 17 losses.

Director Kiyoshi Okuma said the club made the decision to terminate Cklamovski's contract following a "comprehensive review" of his performance.

"We have to face the fact that we recently went 15 matches with only one win," Okuma said.

Assistant manager Hiroaki Hiraoka will take over the top job.

Postecoglou's right-hand man for several years, including with the Australian national team, Cklamovski had sought to institute a free-flowing, attacking style of play at Shimizu. But the team's porous defense has conceded a league-worst 54 goals so far this season.

S-Pulse played a scoreless draw away to promoted Kashiwa Reysol in Cklamovski's last match in charge on Saturday.