Khimki part ways with Bartzokas

Khimki part ways with Bartzokas

Khimki Moscow Region have parted ways with head coach Georgios Bartzokas after an underwhelming start to the EuroLeague season…

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Georgios Bartzokas has been shown the door at Khimki Moscow Region after an underwhelming start to the season has the Russian side outside of the playoff picture in the EuroLeague.

Khimki announced the news in a press release on the club’s official website while also confirming that former head coach, Rimas Kurtinaitis, would be returning to the Khimki hot seat.

Bartzokas steered Khimki to their first playoff appearance last season in his first season in charge, but key injuries have derailed Khimki’s bid for a repeat performance this campaign.

In a message posted by the club, Bartzokas was thankful for the support while he was at the club and wished the team luck for the future.

“I would like to thank you for your support these one-and-a-half years. It was unforgettable to me and the club. Together we have achieved many things. We could do something better, but sometimes the circumstances do not help. I would like to say farewell to you, to wish good luck, health and the best in the team,” Bartzokas said in his message.

The 53-year-old, who won the EuroLeague with Olympiacos in 2012/2013, will likely be a popular candidate for several jobs across Europe. However, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Bartzokas opts to take some time off before taking on his next job.


by Peter Katsiris

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