Aris appoint Paco Herrera as new head coach
As a replacement for the outgoing Dimitris Spanos, Aris Thessaloniki have given Paco Herrera the role of head coach for the 2018/2019 Super League campaign.
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Spanos led Aris back to the top flight after finishing in second place of the Football League behind OFI Crete with 85 points, but at a recent press-conference, his departure from the Thessaloniki club was announced. Not willing to hang around, Aris quickly found a replacement, signing 64-year old Spanish coach Paco Herrera on a 1+1 deal. Aris revealed the news with an official statement on their website:
“Aris FC announces that our team’s technical staff will be led by Paco Herrera (Francisco Herrera Lorenzo as his full name). The agreement was finalised after he met with Aris FC chairman Theodoros Karipidis in Athens. Paco Herrera, who signed a 1+1 contract, was born on December 2, 1953 in Barcelona.”
Later in the article, Herrera shared his emotions from receiving the role of Aris head coach, promising to make the fans proud: “I am very happy to join the Aris family. It’s a huge responsibility for me, because Aris are a large organisation with plenty of history. I promise to work hard in order to make the fans proud, I know that this club have fanatical supporters. I would like to thank Mr. Karipidis for giving me the opportunity to work with one of Greece’s biggest teams. After three meetings in Spain and Greece, I decided to join the club.”
Herrera retired as a player at 32 years of age in 1986, opting to turn his hand to coaching. Since then, Herrera has been employed at 14 different clubs, notably working as an assistant to Rafael Benitez at Liverpool between 2004 and 2006. Herrera has managed clubs such as Celta Vigo, Real Zaragoza, Valladolid and Castella, most recently being the head coach of Sporting Gijon for a short spell in 2017.