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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 3 November 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 3 NOVEMBER 2018 27 SPORT South Melbourne re-appoints Tangalakis as Senior Coach GEORGE STOGIANNOU Re-appointed South Melbourne coach Con Tangalakis has declared that it's time for a new era at South Melbourne. After South narrowly avoided the relegation play-offs last season, Tangalakis has been given the job of building a squad that the club hopes will make last season's disappointment a distant memory. The club first appointed Tangalakis as interim coach from round 18 last season, following the resignation of then coach Sasa Kolman, as South found itself struggling to avoid the relegation playoff. It narrowly avoided the play-offs, but not without a few scares along the way. Speaking to Neos Kosmos following the club's midweek announcement, Tangalakis said of his appointment for the upcoming season: "It's totally different. It al- lows me to do what I want to do at the club. Last year, I inherited someone else's team. It was hard to transition into something else when the window had effectively closed. It was difficult to take over a squad that's been so successful over the last five years yet were running close to last when I took them over. There was a lot of turbulence. I'd probably call it nervousness… "I tried to be very diplomatic. I compromised alot. Basically I did enough to get them over the line. But I wasn't going to go in and put new habits and new style of coaching, training. I just kept things as simple as possible. Made things basic for the boys and allowed them to get enough points to get us over the line. I worked very closely with the committee in doing that as well….But this year, a whole new restructure as far as the senior team is concerned. All new coaching staff and I'm also bringing in quite a few new players." Tangalakis says he wasn't frustrated that he wasn't reappointed immediately after the end of the season. Instead he was offered the job after the club's unsuccessful attempt to sign a more experienced coach. As widely reported at the time, South Melbourne initially offered the senior coaching SMFC’s newly appointed senior coach Con Tangalakis (R) with his predecessor Sasa Kolman. PHOTO: KOSTAS DEVES job to Bentleigh's John Anastasiadis, who considered the offer but eventually declined it, deciding to stay on as head coach of Bentleigh Greens. "The club had said to me, if I can save the club (from relegation) I will be re-appointed, subject to another coach that they were talking to," Tangalakis says. "I think they were also waiting for a little bit of a restructure amongst the committee as well. It's not like it was something behind the scenes. They did keep me up to date with everything. So Greek sailor attempts to cross Atlantic ocean Markos Spyropoulos will be the first ever Greek athlete to participate in the Mini Transat competition, that goes from France all the way to Brazil’s west coast ALEX ANYFANTIS Greek sailor Markos Spyropoulos is taking on one of sailing’s ultimate challenges, with the Mini Transat event. Spyropoulos, a sports sciences graduate from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki has been sailing since his youth and earned many distinctions. In order to be able to quali- fy for the Mini Transat, Spyropoulos had to have completed at least one of two 1,000 mile races and also have accumulated 1,500 miles in total with his boat. As a single-crew challenge the boat is required to be over 6.5 metres long if it is to be considered eligible. Spyropoulos has currently covered over 1,400 miles in his official races, while his next challenge will take him from Marseille, France all the way back to Athens. Spyropoulos hails from Kastoria and has been sailing for over 20 years. He was a member of the Greek national rowing team from 1984 until 1990. Spyropoulos has navigat- Markos Spyropoulos’ greatest chal- lenge in sailing lies ahead. PHOTO: FACEBOOK ed over 300,000 nautical miles in events all around the world, while in 2014 he participated in the Oyster World Rally. The Mini Transat is one of the greatest sailing challenges worldwide, starting from La Rochelle harbour in France, via the Canary Islands of Spain, then ron to the finish line in Martinique. Spyropoulos’ participation in the extreme challenge also highlights his passionate ecological message for plastic-free oceans throughout the world. no, it wasn't frustrating, because the committee has always been transparent and above board with me. There have never been any hidden agendas." Tangalakis acknowledges that the team has an enormous amount of work to do in the pre-season in order to become competitive with the top NPL teams again. "We've got a lot in front of us. Because it's one thing getting a team fit for the season. Another thing is getting a team structured for the season. So we've got both obstacles. We've got a lot of new boys coming in and together with old boys staying behind, we need to make the team jell. We need to make the team composed and we need to make the team competitive. So we've got a lot of work in front of us, physically, mentally and tactically. A massive pre-season for the club." During the week, the club announced the departure of key player, centre forward, Milos Lujic after five seasons at South during which he won five club Golden Boot awards and three NPL Golden Boot awards. Lujic now joins Epifano, Intzidis and Minatel in departing Lakeside, whilst talks continue with a number of other players. Tangalakis expects the bulk of the senior squad will resign, and a number of youth players who were promoted to the senior squad last year to be a part of his squad. Tangalakis says there'll be close to six new players including two strikers that he'll be signing. South Melbourne FC President elect Nick Maikousis, speaking on SMFC.com said: "Over the last year it's been a challenging season with difficult circumstances. Purely on Con's efforts alone, he has earned and deserves the opportunity to build and develop his own squad. We are grateful for the role he played last season and delivering results to avoid relegation. As we continue our progress towards 2019, we will provide Con with every resource to ensure the success of the team. He has some great strengths and we look forward to building a support team around him to deliver the demanding on field results expected from all South Melbourne stakeholders.” Alongside Tangalakis, will be Argentine Esteban Quintas, as his assistant coach and George Apostolidis as the new strength and conditioning coach. Quintas spent 10 years in the Spanish second division as a player before turning to coaching. Apostolidis has spent time as a Sports Scientist and Technical Analyst with the national U 17 and U 23 teams before working as strength and conditioning coach at NPL side Green Gully last season. Former student Valkanis returns to South as Head of Football Development GEORGE STOGIANNOU South Melbourne FC has announced the appointment of one of its former junior and senior players (and former ALeague coach), Michael Valkanis, to the position of Head of Football Development. South hopes the appointment of Valkanis will help reinvigorate the club's Youth Program. Valkanis, who took up a role as assistant manager alongside John Van't Schip at Dutch Eredivisie club PEC Zwolle in June 2018, will manage and guide the SMFC Youth Program whilst continuing his role at the Dutch club. At South, Valkanis will work alongside newly appointed Sporting Director Daniel Gerardi, as well as Strati Xynas (Boys Technical Director) and Mick Gallo (Girls Technical Director). "I now have the opportunity to put in place a youth program that will play a significant role in identifying talent and overseeing the selection of potential future South players," Valkanis said, in a statement on SMFC.com. Former A-League coach Michael Valkanis Returns to South Melbourne to manage the Football Development program. PHOTO: SMFC.COM "Most importantly, the program will help develop, guide and nurture our future footballers in these important years when they chase their dreams as I did once upon a time." In his statement, Valkanis goes on to expand a little on his youth development philosophy: "Where others train one team, we want to train 20 individuals," he says. "Where others see a youth program of 10 teams, we see 200 individuals. "We will strive to educate the players on every aspect of the game as we implement a play- ing style and work towards improving every player to fulfil their potential within the team. "The technical resources of a team cannot only be measured in terms of what you go out and buy, but by what you produce internally within the club, starting with our own junior development program." Valkanis's appointment to oversee Football Development may be an indication that the club recognises the need for more effective development of young talent for the senior team, given the dearth of players coming up from the youth teams into the senior team in recent years.
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