Not strictly FC Gifu news, but this piece of news could have significant ramifications given that Roasso Kumamoto host Gifu on Sunday and the fact that they are both fighting relegation.

Roasso coach Yasushi Yoshida’s departure comes after a seven game winless run with five of those games ending in defeat. Included in that run were defeats against fellow relegation candidates Thespa Kusatsu Gunma (3-2 at home) and the 7-0 humiliation at Giravanz Kitakyushu. It is always easy to look back after the fact, but it was surprising that he wasn’t sacked/fired after that game.

Earlier on in the season, Roasso looked to have got it together when they strung three  successive wins together, although that run was stopped when they drew 0-0 at Nagaragawa. Kumamoto were prone to some good results – they drew 2-2 with Gamba, won in Matsumoto & Okayama, and it took an injury time penalty for Vissel to beat them. But all those good results are undone when you think about the fact that they haven’t won against any other teams at the bottom AND the fact that Giravanz hammered them.

Roasso do have some decent players. Hayato Nakama is only young but he looks like he could be a lively attacking player. Kazuki Saito has notched a few goals this season, Yuki Horigome has shown flashes of ability but ultimately this is a side that has struggled to replace the goals that Kosuke Taketomi gave them last year and the squad, judged on its quality, is probably rightly down the bottom of J2. They really need experienced heads like Kitajima to stand up and be counted in order to help them through this.

Sunday’s game between Roasso & Gifu has suddenly become a very big game.