Donis returns to turn the tide for APOEL

Donis returns to turn the tide for APOEL

Giorgos Donis has returned for a second spell at APOEL after Mario Been was sacked by the club due to the team’s poor displays and defeat to Viitorul in Romania. 

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The Dutch manager showed an inability to present the team as expected and it seemed through his comments, that he never realized the magnitude of expectations that surround the Cypriot champions. 

Shortly after the decision to terminate Been, Donis’ name appeared as a possible successor. The Greek coach is familiar with the club, Cypriot football, and the expectations that surround the club. APOEL viewed Donis as a great choice and the Greek manager signed a 1-year contract with the club. 

During his first spell at APOEL, which began in October 2013, he led the Galazokitrini to the league and Cup double and qualified for the Champions League group stages after eliminating Helsinki and Aalborg. He was terminated in January 2015 as the team’s performances did not satisfy the expectations that were set at the beginning of the season. 

During Donis’ first spell, lots of discussion was also created around Donis’ gymnast Georgitsis, as the team faced many injuries that were blamed on him.  

The former AEK and PAOK coach, chose APOEL over Egyptian side Zamalek which offered him almost double the money. Donis will guide the team in the important 2nd leg game against Viitorul at the GSP stadium in hopes of overturning the 1-0 loss from the first leg. 

The fans are in full support of Donis’ return, something that is expected to help the players psychologically as they want to give answers for the poor performances under Been’s reign.

by Marios Antoniou
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