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Mr. MIG Andreas Vgenopoulos Left Panathinaikos. This Time for Real

03 June 2010 / 09:06:17  GRReporter
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The unexpected resignation of the shareholder Andreas Vgenopoulos put a spoke into Panathinaikos’s wheel. In his official letter alias Mr. MIG blamed Yanis Vardinoyanis that he wants to take the full control of the team and tries to push it back to the old times forcing his colleagues to buy more shares. “Either you give me € 60 million and I’ll live or I’ll stay but will manage Panathinaikos as I take it” he comments with irony the statements of the businessman. Andreas Vgenopoulos clarified that he is ready to give the money but to the team, not to his colleague. He emphasized that he was the man that has led the team in the new share plan two years ago.

The achievement of the set goals and the transfer of new players became possible thanks to the 76 millions from new shareholders of which 20 millions he gave himself. According to him some of the shareholders are trying to diminish the achievements of the team’s president. Vgenopoulos resigned stating that there is no room for him in such a “pathetic reality”. If he continues to deal with Panathinaikos it would mean he has “weird reasons” but this is not true. Vgenopoulos explicitly states that this page is closed for good. He also states that he intends to sell the 20 million shares and from now on he will go to the stadium to rejoice or grieve for his team without thinking about its management…

The surprisingly complicated situation that the national champion unexpectedly faced completely confused the fans of the team. Hundreds of them spent the night in front of the club’s offices worried about the fortune of Panathinaikos. Confused by what is happening and by the unexpected resignation of Vgenopoulos, they came unprepared, even without slogans… Instead, the tension from the last weeks filled the air. The fans protested against Yanis Vardinoyanis and opened discussions for the fate of the team. “Where is Yanakopoulos hiding so long or probably he turned to volleyball where the players are leaving one after another?”, a fan asked ironically. “Is Vgenopoulos making a communication trick by any chance?”, a friend of his was wondering not believing that he has resigned. “Here is the ill luck, he has left”, a middle-aged man sadly said.

The Board of Managers has decided the vice-president of the Panathinaikos football club Yanis Vekris to become the team’s president but only to the next session which will be held on June 18. Vekris will perform the most important obligations for the team in cooperation with the newly formed executive commission. Its members are Dimitris Gondikas, Fanis Vutsaras and George Nikas.

The decision taken will make the agony from the last two weeks even longer. It surprisingly proves that there are no volunteers to sit in the president chair of the national champion… A fact that raises numerous questions. Because the temporary presidency of the vice-president of the greens followed after the shareholder of Panathinaikos’s basketball club – Tanais Yanakopoulos – has refused to take the football team. “The offer they made to was voted by all. Unfortunately or fortunately I insist on refusing it.”, he stated for the journalists. Yanakopoulos didn’t clarify the reasons for his refusal. “This is my decision and no one has the right to question it. Mr. Vekris will be the president of the team till June 16, when will be held the next meeting. The reasons for my refusal are personal and I don’t want to discuss them. Just remember that I am from Panathinaikos, nothing else matters.”

Yahis Verkis didn’t miss the opportunity to emphasize that he agrees to sit in the president’s chair only temporarily… What is in fact happening? Why the members of the managerial team leave one by one only two months after the team has won the Greek championship making the fans mad with joy and giving them occasion for an endless celebration? What is behind all this and why no one wants to the lead the champion of the country? For now, these questions are not answered…


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