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More coaching changes in the A1

Another two basketball coaches have parted ways with their clubs in the country’s top-tier A1 league, bringing the total number of splits to eight in the 14-team competition with just half the season completed. Yesterday, Olympiada Patras hired 47-year-old Dragan Raca as the replacement for Yiannis Christopoulos, who resigned over the weekend following an 87-67 home defeat against Olympia Larissa. Raca faces the challenging task of maintaining his struggling new team’s place in the A1 league. Currently also in charge of the Lebanese national team, Raca has previously worked in Greece, with Thessaloniki club Iraklis, and in Cyprus. Several days earlier, long-serving Aegaleo coach Dimitris Karvelas severed ties with the Athens club, which cited «conflicting philosophies» as the reason for the split. These latest coaching changes follow reshuffles at AEK, Panionios, Maroussi, AGO Rethymnon, Panellinios and PAOK. Angelos Koronios was the first to go, from AEK. Minas Gekos, at Panionios, followed. Then, on the very same day, two more coaches, Darko Ruso of Maroussi and Stergios Koufos of Rethymnon, were added to the list. Panellinios’s Giorgos Kalafatakis became the fifth victim and Tab Baldwin was fired at PAOK after seven defeats in eight games.