Former Albion boss Oscar Garcia is cutting short his second spell at Maccabi Tel Aviv, less than three months after rejoining the Israeli giants.

He is terminating his contract for personal reasons, with Israel locked in continuing conflict with Hamas in Gaza and rockets being fired at Tel Aviv.

Oscar, who quit Albion in May after guiding them to the Championship play-offs, ended his first stint at Maccabi amid concerns for his family's safety.

His family left Tel Aviv to return to Spain a few days ago but he stayed to give the club time to appoint a successor.

Maccabi are expected to announce Pako Ayestaran, former No.2 to Rafael Benitez at Liverpool, as Oscar's replacement at a press conference today.

Oscar's hopes of steering Maccabi into the group stage of the Champions League were recently wrecked by Maribor and they need to overturn a two-goal deficit against Greek outfit Asteras Tripoli on Thursday to reach the Europa League group stage.

The availability of the Seagulls' head coach last season could alert troubled Championship rivals Fulham and Leeds.