Panathinaikos fires coach after league slip

BY foxsports • December 9, 2009

Panathinaikos has fired Dutch coach Henk Ten Cate after the club lost its lead in Greek championship to rival Olympiakos.

In a statement Tuesday, the club named Nikos Nioplias as his replacement. Nioplias is currently the coach of Greece's under-21 national team.

Olympiakos took the lead in the Greek title race after beating Panathinaikos 2-0 on Nov. 29. It leads the standings with 33 points from 13 games, one point ahead of Panathinaikos.

The 54-year-old Ten Cate, a former Chelsea assistant manager, took over in Athens last season but failed to break the dominance of Olympiakos which has won every league title but one since 1997.

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