Panathinaikos have parted company with coach Itzhak Shum despite the Israeli coach leading the club to a League and Cup double last season.

Shum had been in charge for just 15 months prior to his departure.

The club’s major shareholder Yiannis Vardinoyiannis reached the decision following a meeting with the coach and team manager Velimir Zajec, with whom Shum was understood to have endured a falling out over issues of team selection and and the club’s transfer policy.

Shum becomes the second coaching casualty of the new campaign in Greece after FC PAOK fired Angelos Anastasiadis last week.

After three games of the new domestic season, Panathinaikos are top of the Alpha Ethniki with a 100 per cent record, while they remain in contention n the Champions League.

Shum. 46, joined Panathinaikos in June 2003 after a successful spell at Maccabi Haifa.