Albirex Niigata said Monday manager Hisashi Kurosaki and head coach Takayuki Nishigaya will resign to take responsibility for the club's recent woes.
"I have to seriously accept the results of our team up until now, and that's why I have decided to step down," said Kurosaki, whose J. League first-division side is in 17th place with only nine points.
Kurosaki, 44, was promoted from head coach to manager in December 2009, but his team fell from ninth place to 14th in his first season at the helm. Despite the addition of former Japan striker Kisho Yano and forward Shoki Hirai this year, Albirex are still in a tailspin.
Albirex were embarrassed in a 6-1 drubbing by Jubilo Iwata at home on Saturday, leaving them with an unflattering record of 2-7 with three draws and just five points ahead of last-place Consadole Sapporo in the league standings.