One of fastest growing women’s team in Europe, Alimos NAC, have announced this morning that they have parted ways with their head coach, Vangelis Pateros.
The 62-year-old double Olympian has orchestrated Alimos’ ascension to becoming one of Greece’s top teams. Last season, he guided Alimos to the A2 title, which saw them promoted to Greece’s top division.
This first half of the season has been excellent for Alimos in their maiden top-flight campaign. They were unbeaten in their first seven games in the league, qualifying them for their first ever appearance in the Greek Cup.
However, their form has dropped in recent times, picking up just seven points in their last seven games.
In a short statement on the Alimos website, Alimos president describes Pateros as a ‘father’ and that they ‘wish him well in his career’.
The club have announced, in the same statement, that Yiannis Benopoulos will take over the reigns. Benopoulos, an experienced coach, was an assistant under Charis Pavlidis at Olympiacos when they won numerous league titles, and the Euro League in 2015.
Musical chairs on the bench
Alimos aren’t the only Greek side to change up their coaching staff in the past few weeks.
It was announced on Sunday that NE Patra have appointed Dimitris Kritikos as their new coach. He was in South Athens to oversee his team-to-be secure an important 10-10 draw with Alimos.
Kritikis was brought in to replace Michael Lazaridis, who departed earlier this month. This morning, however, Lazaridis has taken up the role of sports director and head coach of Nireas Chalandriou – who are currently in the second division (A2).
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Elsewhere in the league, Kostas Galanopoulos was dismissed at the end of January from Larissa, who collected just six points in all sixteen games this season. His successor is Giorgos Donas, who arrived from Volos in the A2.
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