The timing couldn't have been worse as far as the fixture list is concerned.
The story is that Avram Grant, the "director of football" will be taking over permanently. It's a bit worrying how little information about him can be found by googling his name. All I've managed to get about his managerial career is:
What has Grant won?
With due respect, a domestic Toto Cup with Hapoel Petah Tivka in 1991, a League and Cup Double with Maccabi Tel Aviv (1995) and another Toto Cup with Maccabi Haifa does not make the most convincing CV.
Grant did better with the Israeli national team during a four-year tenure from 2002 to 2006, helping the country to remain undefeated in the World Cup Qualifiers only to lose out to France and Switzerland despite four wins and six draws.