21. 10. 2019

GRE M: Filippov fails to cope with lack of discipline of Cuban duo, resigns as PAOK head coach

Source: sdna.gr; Photo: in.gr

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The Greek Men’s Volleyball Championship runners-up P.A.O.K. were forced to find the new head coach, only a few days before the start of the 2019/20 season.


Yuri Filippov resigned as P.A.O.K. head coach, giving a headache to the club officials knowing that the season is about to start in a few days. The resignation of the Ukrainian expert, who was appointed head coach during the play-off last season, has to do with the misbehavior of the two Cuban players – Dariel Albo and José Antonio Sandoval.

It seems that the problem between them and Filippov firstly appeared in the summer when they were engaged by the club without the coach’s consent. Recall that Albo was one of the accused players in the case of rape of the Finnish girl, three years ago, but was released from detention after two months. The next problem between the two players and Filippov occurred during pre-season when they were late to the training sessions on several occasions. In fact, the latest incident happened in the friendly match, a few days ago, in which both Albo and Sandoval reluctantly entered the game as substitutes, so Filipov decided not to use them. The Ukrainian expert then informed P.A.O.K. officials that he can no longer work with Cuban players and resigned.

Filippov was replaced with Kostas Delikostas, former assistant coach in the country’s male national team.



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