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Goodbye to new Iraklis club coach

Thessaloniki soccer club Iraklis sacked its newly appointed coach Vangelis Vlachos yesterday following a feud between him and board member Achilleas Beos, a controversial figure in Greek soccer with a trouble-filled past at Athens club Panionios. Iraklis, which was taken over by a consortium headed by pop singer Antonis Remos just over a month ago, ousted Vlachos from his coaching post after he criticized Beos for interfering in the team’s affairs. Vlachos, the fourth coach at the Thessaloniki team in a year, complained that he was not being informed about transfer decisions. Prior to his dismissal, the former player at Panathinaikos and AEK said, « I rule inside the dressing rooms at Iraklis.» He also criticized Beos for storming into the dressing room and verbally abusing players during his time at Panionios. Iraklis narrowly escaped relegation to the Greek second division last season after reaching the UEFA Cup a season earlier.