For the choice of David Mendes as a member of the coaching staff of Panathinaikos mentioned Giaannis Anastasiou to Nova.
The Panathinaikos manager explained the agreement stating: “There is explanation about everything. David is a guy who always wanted to deal with football coaching when retired from playing it and is a guy who knows the philosophy of the team is an awesome professional and thoroughly knows the team.
We had a discussion because accepting this position he should renounce some things he had in mind as a footballer, but when you are given the opportunity to start from another post at a club like Panathinaikos and in a position that at least you can learn a lot and evolve, it’s your own decision.
We discussed enough, he put thought into it and I think he made the right decision. He is a guy who knows and sees football; he was always a coach on the pitch and has the respect of everyone in the team.
Generally it suits David, I knew him from Holland and saw that he guided his teammates in a proper way and help them in the stadium and of course he helped himself.
He has the know-how, so I think with that his daily friction with the help of Steve (Router) and mine will get into the program and he can definitely become a coach with potential for the future.
The important thing is that the club can look to the future and "build" with young people and children accepted by everyone and have the knowledge and the character.”