LOCAL BUSINESSMAN TAKES OVER PYUNIK, VIULEN AYVAZYAN EARNS 1ST ARMENIA CAP AS THEY DROP DOWN TO #169
"There is confirmation by the board and manager of Pyunik Yerevan of the recent takeover bid by local businessman Aram Melkonyan. Previous Chairman Samvel Alexanyan said he could not continue in football anymore, and will now remain as a Pyunik supporter and watch them from the stands. What will happen to the club now? Sacking of the Manager? Investments? Find out here, the statement in full by both Aram Melkonyan and Hamoudi Fayad:
'Hello, I am Aram Melkonyan. I am the new chairman of Pyunik Yerevan and hopefully for many years to come. I have been a fan of Pyunik since they were first created back in 2001, and honestly, Hamoudi Fayad… he has done wonders at this club.
His project, is simply fantastic! He has won 4 titles in a row, 2 cup wins, and has taken us into the Europa League Group Stages 4 times. He has made Pyunik the best in Armenia, the football they play, is just amazing. He plays the possession game but with an attacking way against smaller teams, and the reason he has caused upsets against big teams is simply because he has found a way to communicate with the team.
He will stay here as manager for sure, and I know how he would love to become the manager of Armenia, hopefully he will, soon enough, and take Arkadi Yepremyan's place. The #169 ranking is a total embarrassment to Armenia. Finally, there will be no investments into the club as we are healthy (financially) and our progress will improve. Thank you very much, let's hope for the best, Pyunik!' -Aram Melkonyan
'I am very pleased for Aram Melkonyan to take over the club, we had a talk and it has drastically improved the morale in the changing room. Samvel Alexanyan was a vey respectful man, and whenever I needed his support he gave it to me in a flash. I wish him good luck on his future. Now, this is not a blip in our project, as we will continue to rise over the years, I promise!' -Hamoudi Fayad
"Armenia have dropped to a record low World Ranking under Arkadi Yepremyan, to #169. In the past 10 matches, they had only won twice. A qualifying win over Switzerland, and an scrappy win against San Marino. There are rumors that Armenian FA President Ruben Hayrapetyan is upset with the current Armenian team, but he has refused to comment on the current situation. In other news, Pyunik Player of the Season Viulen Ayvazyan has earned his 1st Armenia Cap against Wales. There was nothing special in his performance but he thanked Fayad for nurturing him this season to earn his 1st cap. He avoided the name of Arkadi Yepremyan's name on his lips, possibly showing that Pyunik do actually have a hint of dislike towards Armenian Manager, Arkadi Yepremyan."
"That is it, the end of our Armenian season! Pyunik win the double as Banants win the SuperCup. Although, the season is not over for Pyunik Yerevan who still have a tough Europa League Group Stage ahead of them, all of Armenia will be cheering for Pyunik, so good luck to them."