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.