Panagiotis Lemonis has been named the new coach of AC Omonia, with the Cypriot team having parted company with Nedim Dudić on Monday ahead of the end-of-season play-offs.
Former Olympiacos CFP defender and coach Lemonis, who was in charge of APOEL FC in the 2002/03 campaign, has signed a two-year contract, with a club statement saying: "Omonia have reached an agreement with Greek coach Takis Lemonis that will run until summer 2011. Lemonis will take up his coaching duties tomorrow."
The 49-year-old Lemonis, who has also led Panionios GSS, Kallithea FC, Levadiakos FC and Skoda Xanthi FC in Greece, will look to restore confidence following the departure of Dudić. The Bosnia-Herzegovnian coach stepped down after a run of disappointing results, culminating in a 3-0 Cypriot Cup quarter-final defeat by APOP/Kinyras Peyias FC followed by a 2-0 league loss to the same opponents. Omonia are second in Division A, five points behind leaders APOEL, but still in contention for a first title since 2003. The end-of-season play-offs, starting this weekend, see the top four teams take their points totals into a final round-robin tournament, whereby they play each other twice, with the first-ranked side afterwards receiving the title.
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