Friday, September 9, 2005
According to reigning Greek champions Olympiakos, disgruntled American winger Peter Philipakos has told management that he would like to find a new club.
The request has led coach Trond Sollied to drop Philipakos from first team training, essentially making the New York native persona non grata at the Georgios Karaiskakis.
The revelation comes two days after Philipakos' agent denied previous reports in Greece that the youngster had been released from his contract.
"Up to now, what we have said officially is that the player has expressed a desire to leave Olympiakos," Olympiakos press officer Olga Nikolaidou told YA on Friday. "We will want to discuss with his manager about his future and how we can face the fact that he doesn't want to play here anymore."
"Until that is settled, he is obviously out of the first team. He is training apart from his teammates, on a separate program."
Philipakos began making a name for himself under last season's manager Dušan Bajevic, who was shown the door despite winning the domestic double.
The club invested heavily in nine player acquisitions over the summer, but also picked up the young Yank's option in July.
The coach has reportedly had a scrape or two with Philipakos, who only featured in one of 13 presesaon tilts and was left off the Champions League roster.
The former American University star made six appearances across all competitions in 2004/2005, including UEFA Cup action against Newcastle.
[note]Yanks Abroad's Sean O'Conor contributed to this report[/note]