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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 06 April 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 6 APRIL 2019 27 SPORTS South appoints Quintas as caretaker coach following Tangalakis’ departure GEORGE STOGIANNOU The departure from Lakeside of coach Con Tangalakis, earlier this week ends a second consecutive short tenure for a senior NPL coach at South Melbourne. Tangalakis ended his stint as South Melbourne coach after just 17 matches in charge. Tangalakis' stint as senior coach began when he took over from his predecessor Sasa Kolman as caretaker in June 2018 after Kolman was appointed as Chris Taylor's replacement just before the start of the 2018 season. Under Tangalakis, the club narrowly avoided the relegation play-offs last season. It then tried unsuccessfully to lure Bentleigh Greens coach John Anastasiadis back to Lakeside, following which it re-appointed Tangalakis as senior coach. Faced with an exodus of players at the end of last season, and a disrupted preseason due to injuries to key players, the team has struggled in the league this season, winning just twice and scoring just five goals in seven matches, to sit in 11th spot on the table, not far from where it finished last season. In fairness to Tangalakis, his team isn't the only one which has made a disappointing start to the season. South has company at the lower end of the table in Port Melbourne Sharks, Kingston City, Oakleigh Cannons and Dandenong City. South has struggled up front this season with the lowest goals in the league, not helped by the delay in late signing, Billy Konstan- tinidis, getting match fit and then being suspended. In a South Melbourne FC media release early this week, the club reported that Tangalakis offered his resignation after a lengthy discussion (it doesn't detail with whom or the what the discussions were about) which the club accepted. SMFC Senior Football Manager Peter Kokotis said in the media release: "Con is a dedicated coach and Football manager with a distinctive personal style on and off the pitch. I am grateful for the role he played since joining the club in June last year and seeing us through to the end of that season. We thank him for his support and wish him all the best in moving forward. As a lifelong supporter we know Con cares very deeply about South Mel- bourne." South Melbourne and Con Tangalakis have parted ways just seven matches into the new season. PHOTO: K DEVES The club also announced that Tangalakis' assistant, Spanish born Esteban Quintas will take over as caretaker coach of the senior team till the end of the season beginning with Friday's match away to Melbourne Knights. On Tangalakis's replacement, Kokotis says, "Esteban has spent many years in the Spanish football environment as a player, trainer and coach. He spent time coaching in the SMFC youth program a few years ago before returning to Spain. He joined us in November last year to serve as assistant senior coach and will now lead the senior coaching structure as caretaker coach for the remainder of the season. He certainly understands the history and expectations of the club." People and Places: Sports events around town Neos Kosmos photographed the community during the sports rounds. Photos: K. Deves Young men at the “Kentro” during Wandereis jersey production Green Gully opened the score with Fletcher on the 24th. moves on to face the Knights, while Green Gully will welcome Pascoe Vale. The Waverley Wanderers showed off their jerseys for the upcoming season during an event held at the “Kentro” Coffee House in Oakleigh. South Melbourne and Green Gully fought to a 1-1 draw.
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