-- Ouzounidis Replaces Stramaccioni at Panathinaikos --
There is a new man in charge at Panathinaikos! Andrea Stramaccioni “resigned” after today’s meeting with the club’s President, Giannis Alafouzos, and shortly thereafter Marinos Ouzounidis was announced as the new manager of Panathinaikos.
Andrea Stramaccioni has “resigned” as Panathinaikos manager after a long meeting with Giannis Alafouzos earlier in the day. The two men had a meeting due to the club’s poor string of results, with their most recent match ending in a 2-1 loss against second division side, OFI, in the Greek Cup. According to the club’s announcement, the President forced Stramaccioni’s resignation in hopes of protecting the club from dangerous developments that are not directly related to football. Stramaccioni took over Panathinaikos last season and was in charge of the Prasini for 387 days.
Stramaccioni’s successor will be former Panathinaikos player Marinos Ouzounidis. The Greek manager agreed to terms with the Trifylli and signed a 1.5 year contract. Ouzounidis’ previous managerial position was at Panionios where he was laid off during the summer after a rumored move to Olympiacos. The 48-year old led Panionios to an impressive run in last year’s Superleague where they claimed 5th place. Ouzounidis played at Panathinaikos from 1992-1997 where he won 2 Greek A’ Ethniki Titles (1995, 1996), three Greek Cups (1993, 1994, 1995), two Greek Super Cups (1993, 1994), and helped Panathinaikos reach the semifinals of the 1996 Champions League. His debut as Panathinaikos manager will be on Sunday, in a highlightly anticipated derby against PAOK at the Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium.