Cypriot side Apollon Limassol FC have announced that former Romanian FIFA World Cup player Ilie Dumitrescu has signed a one-year deal with the Limassol club with the option of a further year.
During a press conference, Apollon President Georgos Pappas expressed his delight at having Dumitrescu at the helm for next season. "I hope that the presence of the new coach will create stability in the team so we can move higher up next season," Pappas said.
'Hard work needed'
Dumitrescu added: "It is an honour for me to coach Apollon. In order to get the right results at the club, a lot of hard work will be needed because a good team cannot be built in three or six months. Apollon will have their own style of playing and that in turn will bring results." Last season Apollon finished eleventh, a below-par campaign which ended with the termination of coach Dusan Mitosevic's contract.
Dumitrescu has already had one coaching spell in Cyprus, with Alki Larnaca FC. After a playing career which included spells at FC Steaua Bucuresti, Tottenham Hotspur FC, Sevilla FC and West Ham United FC, Dumitrescu hung up his boots nearly three years ago. He played 63 games for Romania, including appearances at the 1994 and 1998 World Cups.
After a spell working as an agent, Dumitrescu began his coaching career in January 2001 with CS Otelul Galati. He took charge of Romanian side FC Brasov for the 2001/02 season, before moving on to Alki, where he resigned his post at the end of the the season after saving the Larnaca club from relegation. He then had short spells in charge of Romania's Under-21 side and FCM Bacau.
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