A new era at Maccabi Tel Aviv: After quite a few names that went up in the air, after quite a few days of pressure among the team’s fans, Yorgos Donis landed in Israel this morning (Monday) with his team and is expected to be officially named the champion’s next coach. The champions on Thursday against Hapoel Beer Sheva.
Upon landing, as expected, Donis and his crew were asked to enter isolation, as is customary according to state guidelines, even though he had been tested and diagnosed as negative for the corona virus. Therefore, the Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Health, Itamar Grotto, confirmed to the sports channel: “There is an outline for foreign workers (including players and coaches). The Greek coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv will be able to attend training and games. ” During the day, he will undergo another examination, when Maccabi Tel Aviv tries to address the issue with the Ministry of Health.
The official announcement is expected during the day, as well as the presentation of the new coach, but we already know that Donis will sign for two years with Maccabi Tel Aviv – with both sides having the option to be released from the contract. Donis will receive 450,000 euros, apartment, car and accompanying conditions. On a championship and promotion to the Champions League or Europa League home stage.In addition, according to sources in Greece, promotion to the Champions League will guarantee him a contract for a second season automatically.
As before, Donis brought his own hive to the country: goalkeeping coach Panayiotis Mliaricis and fitness coach Gregoris Georgitsas joined him – while his right-hand man and assistant for many years, Makis Aglinas, arrived as well. The scout, Miodrag Madan, and the analyst, Yorgos Georgiadis, also landed in Israel. The Greek media claimed that the cost of the entire Greek team, along with Donis, would be around one million euros.
Meanwhile, Patrick Van Leven and Uri David, who have managed the training so far and even defeated Hapoel B’Shlosha in the first Champions League game, went back down to the youth department.