In a written statement, the Goan club has claimed that it had agreed last week to part ways with the Australian, after he had resigned citing personal reasons.
The 34 year old tactician had joined the club in June 2013 and guided the side to a 4th placed season in the last season of the I-League. He had also guided his side to the Federation Cup final this season, ultimately losing out to Bengaluru FC.
Papas had also been involved in the Indian Super League (ISL) last season, as assistant coach of FC Goa. After a promising career in Australia, he had joined the AIFF to coach the India U-23 side in 2012 before being selected to coach the federation's Arrows side in the 2012-13 season.
A gifted strategist, the Australian was often lauded for his role in nurturing the young talents in India. Indian internationals Alwyn George, Holicharan Narzary, Narayan Das and the like were nurtured by him during his stint with the Arrows while the current crop of Goans including Romeo Fernandes and Mandar Rao Desai would thank Papas for his faith in their abilities.
Papas was magnanimous and thanked everyone at the club.
“I wish to place on record my thanks to Mr. Shrinivas Dempo, support staff and the players for the period of employment as Head Coach of Dempo SC, and wish the Club continued success for the rest of the season and beyond”