Pantelidis becomes new Aris head coach
After leaving Asteras Tripolis on Monday, Savvas Pantelidis has signed an 18 month contract to become the new head coach of Aris FC, replacing the outgoing Paco Herrera.
Aris initially made a superb start to the 2018/2019 Super League season, but after a run of four consecutive defeats against Panionios, PAOK, AEK and Olympiacos, the Thessaloniki club parted ways with experienced Spanish coach Paco Herrera. On Monday, Aris defeated Apollon Smyrnis 2:1 without a manager, however they have now appointed 53-year old Savvas Pantelidis as first team boss after he recently departed his role at Asteras Tripolis. Aris confirmed his arrival with this statement on their official website:
“Aris FC announces that Savvas Pantelidis is the new head coach of the first team.
The agreement with the coach, which was announced during a press-conference at the Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium, will run for 1.5 years. He will soon hold his first training session at the Aris Sports Centre.
Savvas Pantelidis’ assistants with our team will be Akis Vavalis (assistant coach), Sakis Pantelidis (physician), Petros Sombotovic (analyst), Tolis Terzis (assistant coach) and Antonis Lykouris (goalkeeping coach).”
In his maiden press-conference as Aris manager, Pantelidis outlined his targets with the team, setting of goal of qualifying for European competition: “Our goal is to improve in very match, continue developing and qualify for Europe,” stated Pantelidis. “Aris is a big challenge for me, but as a human, I cannot be afraid. Together with the administration, the team and the fans, we can achieve great things. I have come to one of the best clubs in Greece. I will need time to understand my players and correct the weaknesses which exist.”
Aris currently sit in seventh place of the Super League with 15 points from 10 matches. Their next match will take place away at OFI on November 25.