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Dumitrescu takes over at AEK

Published: Monday 2 February 2004, 23.07CET
AEK Athens FC have named former Romanian international Ilie Dumitrescu as coach until the summer.

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Published: Monday 2 February 2004, 23.07CET

Dumitrescu takes over at AEK

AEK Athens FC have named former Romanian international Ilie Dumitrescu as coach until the summer.

AEK Athens FC have appointed former Romanian international Ilie Dumitrescu as head coach for the rest of the season.

Successor to Bajevic
The 35-year-old has resigned from Cypriot club Apollon Limassol FC and succeeds Dusan Bajevic, who stepped down a week ago due to fan protests. Dumitrescu made his name helping Romania reach the 1994 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals, and his clubs as a player included FC Steaua Bucuresti, Tottenham Hotspur FC, West Ham United FC, Sevilla FC and Mexican clubs FC America and CF Atlante.

Coaching career
Initially becoming an agent after retirement, Dumitrescu's coaching career began in his homeland in January 2001 with CS Otelul Galatim before moving on to FC Brasov, Cypriot side Alki Larnaca FC, the Romanian Under-21 national team and Romanian club FCM Bacau, taking over at Apollon last June. His agent revealed that he had signed a four-month contract at AEK, with the possibility of a future two-year deal.

Fifth place
His new side are currently fifth in the Hellenic National League, 12 points adrift of Olympiacos CFP. They exited the UEFA Champions League at the group stage, finishing fourth in their pool.

Last updated: 03/02/04 12.04CET

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