Itoudis extends CSKA contract for another two years
Fresh from his EuroLeague triumph with the Russians, Greek head coach Dimitris Itoudis has renewed his CSKA Moscow contract for another two years.
This season, Itoudis steered CSKA to their eighth EuroLeague triumph in history, defeating Fenerbahce and Anadolu Efes in the Final Four. Itoudis has now won two EuroLeague titles since joining the Russian giants in June 2014.
Itoudis’ contract with CSKA was due to expire this summer, but on Tuesday, the Muscovites revealed that the 48-year-old has penned a new deal to remain in his position of head coach until 2021.
CSKA Moscow released this following statement on their official website:
“Head coach Dimitris Itoudis has signed a new contract with our club, which lasts until the end of the 2020/2021 season.
The Greek coach has been leading our team since the summer of 2014. Since that date, the team has twice become European champions (2016, 2019), while always winning the VTB United League. In 2016, Dimitris Itoudis was handed the Alexander Gomelsky Award as the best coach in the EuroLeague, and he has been the best VTB United League coach on three occasions. In the current season, he overtook Ettore Messina in terms of the amount of EuroLeague victories. Under his leadership, CSKA have won 290 of 399 official matches (85.5%).”
In an interview with CSKA, Itoudis expressed his emotions from the contract extension: “I thank CSKA, Andrei Vatutin and Nornickel for the new contract. I am thankful to the players for everything which we have achieved. From my side, it’s important to point out the teamwork from the coaches, management and everyone who works in CSKA. Our long-term cooperation continues, we will continue exchanging ideas, and I hope that we will play great basketball. I also want to thank the supporters for their belief: we want to have more fans at our matches, and the club is working hard at providing the best service and entertainment. The team will continue working to make you proud.”
CSKA are set to play Khimki in the final series of the 2018/2019 VTB United League. Itoudis has already won the Russian championship four times with CSKA.