Former FC Copenhagen coach Hans Backe has agreed to take over at Greek club Panathinaikos at the end of the season, according to reports in the Greek press.

Reports say the 54-year-old Swede has signed a one-year deal with an option for a second year.

Backe will replace Italian Alberto Malesani,, who commutes on a weekly basis from Verona, and is believed to be unhappy with the travel.

“It is true that I am in negotiations with Panathinaikos,” Backe told Swedish media earlier this week.

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