Minerva Punjab on Friday announced Paul Munster has left his position of head coach citing personal reasons.

"Due to personal reasons, I have decided to move back to Sweden and pursue my career there. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Minerva Punjab and I am leaving with a heavy heart. I wish the team and the club the very best of luck for the remaining season," Munster said in a release.

The reigning I-League champion is winless in its last nine matches, including six losses. The side is ninth on the table with 14 points. Its objective will be to avoid relegation with just four matches remaining in the league.

"I am very sad to see Paul go, he is more than just a coach, he's been a great friend and a confidant. Though it came out of the blue, I understand and accept his decision. I have nothing but best wishes for Paul," Ranjit Bajaj, owner, Minerva Punjab said.

Assistant coach Sachin Badadhe will take over as the role of head coach with the support of technical director Surender Singh.

Badadhe's first match in charge will be in the second preliminary round of the AFC Champions League on Tuesday away to Iran against Saipa FC.