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Wadi Degla appoint Takis Gonias as new head coach

 Takis Gonias
Greek manager has been appointed as head coach of Egyptian Premier League side Wadi Degla, the club announced on Tuesday.

The former Ergotelis manager has been linked with the Degla coaching job since April after impressing chairman Magid Samy, the owner of Ergotelis and Wadi Degla.

Gonias, who led Ergotelis to a ninth-place finish in the Greek Football League, takes over at Degla following the departure of Tarek El-Ashry who helped the club avoid relegation before exiting the Egypt Cup at the quarter-final.

The 46-year-old, who becomes the club’s third foreign manager in their history after Walter Meeuws and Patrice Carteron, will be joined by a Greek assistant.

This marks Gonias’ first managerial job outside of Greece, having managing only Greek sides AO Glyfada, AO Episkopi Rethymnou, and GS Kallithea manager.

However, he enjoyed a better career as a player, featuring for Levadiakos, Olympiacos, Iraklis, Sporting Gijón of Spain, Paniliakos, Panionios, and Italian sides Messina and Crotone.

He also managed to win two caps for Greece, scoring with a penalty kick in his debut against Cyprus.

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