Henk ten Cate has left Panathinaikos.

Ten Cate's exit comes as a surprise as the former Chelsea assistant led the Athens club to 10 victories in 13 league matches this season, a record which sees the Greens sitting just one point behind leaders and reigning champions Olympiacos.

Pana confirmed the move in a statement on club website www.pao.gr, saying: "Panathinaikos announces that following a meeting between the chairman, Mr Nikolaos Pateras and the coach of the team, Henk ten Cate, that they have agreed to end the collaboration."