Iraklis FC coach Enge Gerard has agreed a new contract that will see him staying with the Greek club until June 2005.
UEFA Cup challenge
The 63-year-old has been in charge since December, when he replaced the sacked Ivan Jovanovic. During his reign, cash-strapped Iraklis have recorded seven wins, six defeats and one draw to occupy seventh place in the Hellenic National League table, two places and six points below the last UEFA Cup berth, although their last three games have ended in defeat.
'Things have to change'
Gerard said: "I would like to thank the club's administration for the trust bestowed in me. I know that many things have to change in the team and I also know that financially it will be harder for us to cope in the coming years. I am aware that our performance in the recent games leaves much to be desired and we will all try and remedy that. My main target for the remaining games of the season and for the next seasons is to bring back belief to our fans, to see them back at the stadium."
As for his plans for next term, he added: "Once the season ends, we have to make some brave decisions. We want to keep the majority of our players, but, given the financial crisis, they must help and accept a cut of their wages, should they want to stay."
Dutchman Gerard first came to Greece in June 1985 when he took over at OFI Crete FC, where he stayed for a record-breaking period of 15 years. In January 2001, he and Tony Savevski were appointed joint-head coaches of AEK Athens FC, but six months later, Gerard went to Cyprus and took charge at APOEL Nicosia FC, leading them to a league title last season before resigning ahead of his move to Iraklis.
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