Monday, 7 April 2008 7:30 PM
The club wishes to announce that John Anastasiadis has resigned from his role as coach of South Melbourne FC.
Both John Anastasiadis and his assistant John Gabrielson spoke with SMFC football director Jim Marinis today and made the club aware of their intentions.
Commenting on the events of the last couple of days Jim stated:
“It is regrettable that that the performance of the team has led to this course of action but unfortunately the club had no choice but to accept his resignation. John has served the club with distinction and honor both as a player and as a coach and can leave with his head held high.
Results are a reality of all football clubs and recent results have not been favorable.
Needless to say, the club has already embarked on finding a suitable replacement.”
Johnny A is one of South’s longest serving coaches having taken the reins in 2005 after the club’s fall from the NSL.
The highlight of his tenure has been winning the 2006 VPL Championship in front of 7,000 fans at BJS.
The club wishes John all the best in his future endeavors and reminds both him and John Gabrielson (Assistant) that they will always be welcome back at the club which they have served admirably over the last few years.
The club is considering a number of candidates which include past South players and will be making an announcement in due course.