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Michael Michalakopoulos Appointed Coach of SMFC

Michael Michalakopoulos Appointed Coach of SMFC

Tuesday, 8 April 2008 10:01 PM

South Melbourne FC is pleased to announce that Michael Michalakopoulos has been appointed as the new coach of the club.

Michael is regarded as one the most promising coaches in the VPL having previously coached Essendon Royals and last year’s Grand Finalists Whittlesea Zebras.

Importantly, Michael is a previous South player having played as a forward in 41 games and scoring 10 goals during 3 seasons at the club (89/90 – 91/92) as a consequence being a member of the famous 91 squad that captured a national title.

He has also represented Australia at Olyroo level on 11 occasions, scoring 3 goals along the way

Michael brings a wealth of local knowledge and ambition to the club as he aims to turnaround the fortunes of the most impressive squad lists in the VPL.

Football Operations Director Jim Marinis was optimistic about the future:

“Michael has impressed me with his professional demeanor and enthusiasm. He knows many of our current players and understands what is expected.

I am confident Michael will be successful and steer the club’s football fortunes in the right direction.”

When asked about his appointment Michael stated:

“There is no greater honor than wearing a South shirt and now I will have the privilege of being one of very few ex players to have also coached the club.

I understand the expectation of the members, supporters and sponsors and am fully aware of the responsibility that goes with managing the team.

I’m ready for the challenge and can’t wait to meet and assist the players in improving the club’s on field performance. I feel I have unfinished business with South and appreciate that the current board has given me the opportunity to utilise the experience I have acquired over the years, to ensure South Melbourne FC remains one of Australia’s most prominent football clubs”.

The club asks for all the South faithful to support Michael and the players as they aim to return to winning ways.

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