Former Sheffield United midfielder and Greek international, Traianos Dellas, is set to be named the new manager of Melbourne Victory in the coming days.

The giant Greece international spent two years at Bramall Lane in the late 90s, before leaving the club in 1999 to move back to his homeland with AEK Athens.

PAOK FC v AEK Athens FC - Greek Superleague

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And now, according to the Australian news outlet, Perth Now, Dellas is set to be named as manager of Victory.

Dellas forged a successful career for himself after leaving United. Following his move to Athens, he then made a name for himself in Serie A with both Perugia and Roma, before helping Greece to their memorable Euro 2004 win.

Since retiring, the 44-year-old has delved into management with his beloved AEK, while he was most recently with Panetolikos before leaving in 2019.

Olympiacos Piraeus v AEK Athens - Superleague Greece

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A move to Down Under could see Dellas run into fellow former Blade, Nick Montgomery. The combative ex-Blade is currently the assistant coach with Central Coast Mariners.

One that got away, we definitely could have seen more from Dellas at The Lane

While his two years in Sheffield weren’t full of hugely important memories, those that can remember Dellas playing will know why he went on to be successful.

A giant of a man but with an excellent touch, it’s little wonder he went onto do well at international level and succeed at a giant of Europe like Roma.

He’s best remembered in S2 for a thunderous winner against Portsmouth from more than 30 yards. For those in the Kop that day, it’s one of the more memorable goals of that time period.

 

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