Nikos Nioplias quits as Panathinaikos coach

Panathinaikos coach Nikos Nioplias has resigned because of poor

The defending Greek champions say they have appointed Jacek
Gmoch as caretaker coach until a permanent replacement can be
found. Gmoch, a 71-year-old Pole, led Panathinaikos from 1983-85
and is seen as one of the club’s most successful coaches.

Nioplias’ decision came two days after a 1-1 draw against
Larissa, and weeks after he announced – and then retracted – his

Nioplias, a former coach of Greece’s under-21 national team,
took over Panathinaikos in August 2009 and led the team to the
Greek league title and the Greek Cup.

Panathinaikos shares first place in the 16-team standings with
Olympiakos, which has played one game fewer.