David Mendes in one day a football player, he turned into the Panathinaikos assistant coach and said that it was not an easy decision.
The former Dutch midfielder spoke to De Telegraaf for the new page in his career: "Life is full of surprises" he said and when asked by his countrymen why he decided to stop football while he still had a contract. David Mendes replied:
"It's an opportunity for me to gain experience working in a top club as a coach. I couldn’t say no. I am ambitious and I want to be an independent coach. Giannis Anastasiou had other things in his mind. So I was not playing and I just did training. My decision was not easy."