Ninjas in Pyjamas have announced that they have parted ways with their CS:GO coach Joona "natu" Leppänen with immediate effect.
The 30-year-old had been hired by NiP to coach their CS:GO team in April, filling the position left vacant by Faruk "pita" Pita, who had worked as a strategy adviser to the team.
Despite his long experience, Joona "natu" Leppänen was unable to take the team's game to the next level, with a 5th-8th place finish at ESL One Cologne being the latest of a series of unimpressive results from the 2014 Cologne major winners.
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natu, who will continue involved in the Counter-Strike scene as a caster, is for now the only change to come around in NiP's team, whose players are contracted to the organisation until December 31.
While NiP do not rule out the possibility of further changes taking place, a statement issued by the organisation explains that they are "unlikely before the end of the year."
"All five of them have contracts that end on the same date, the 31st of December 2015, and are to be renegotiated starting 1st of October," NiP state.
"There is nothing that would hinder us starting these renegotiations earlier but the contracts are valid until said date.
"We and our co-owners Diglife see player contracts as the foundation on which we build much of the investments and the future so therefore it's important they only change if ALL parties are in agreement."
It remains unclear whether NiP will name a new coach anytime soon. The team's next event is the ESEA Pro League Invitational, scheduled for September 10-12, in Dubai.