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Defending Cyprus champion APOEL lets coach go after 8 months

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, file photo, APOEL coach Giorgos Donis attends a press conference before a training session of his team at GSP st...
FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 file photo, APOEL Nicosia coach Giorgos Donis reacts during the Champions League Group H soccer match between A...

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, file photo, APOEL coach Giorgos Donis attends a press conference before a training session of his team at GSP st...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 file photo, APOEL Nicosia coach Giorgos Donis reacts during the Champions League Group H soccer match between A...

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus league titleholder APOEL says it has parted with coach Yiorgos Donis and his staff.

APOEL simultaneously announced on Thursday it has agreed with Bruno Miguel Nunes Baltazar to take over with seven games left. The 40-year-old Portuguese coached AEL Limassol until this month.

APOEL says it mutually agreed with Donis on his departure but gave no reason why. The Greek had been in charge for eight months.

There was much speculation about Donis' future after APOEL lost to Apollonas Limassol 4-2 last weekend.

APOEL dropped to second place in the standings behind Apollonas, casting doubt on APOEL's chance of winning the league for a record sixth straight year.


Updated : 2021-06-17 01:33 GMT+08:00