Portuguese Cardoso takes over as AEK manager

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AEK announced on Tuesday the hiring of Portuguese manager Miguel Cardoso, one day after announcing it had parted ways with Spanish coach Manolo Jimenez.

Cardoso has signed a two-year contract with the Athens club and has brought with him an all-Portuguese lineup of assistant coaches to AEK.

The 47-year-old made his name as a head coach at Rio Ave, leading the modest Portuguese club to its best-ever showing in the league, finishing fifth and qualifying to the Europa League.

Last season Cardoso worked for Nantes in France and Celta in Spain.

“Today is a day of enormous pride for me. Today I become AEK head coach and join the AEK family! Union is in the origin of this club and it is also fundamental for our future. Count on me, I count on all of you!” Cardoso wrote on his Twitter account on Tuesday.