Guimaraes a Barrier for Martins, Lucescu & Lemonis on Stand By
Olympiacos’ preseason training is set to start in less than two weeks and the Erythrolefki have yet to appoint a new coach for next season. The final decision is expected to be made early next week.
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Although little time remains before the start of preseason training, Olympiacos have yet to appoint a new boss, who is expected to lead the team through Champions League qualifying and the conquest of the Greek double. Although Olympiacos seemed close to signing Pedro Martins of Guimaraes, official sources from Portugal mention elsewise.
The barrier that stands between Martins’ move from Guimaraes to Olympiacos is his current contract at Guimaraes which expires in 2018. The Portuguese club are demanding €1 Million to break the contract, freeing Martins to sign with Olympiacos.
According to Portuguese newspaper “A Bola,” the Erythrolefki offered forward Tasos Karamanos, who was on loan at Feirense, in order to reach an agreement with the Portuguese club in exchange of the €1 Million clause. However, Guimaraes’ vice president, Armando Marquez, recently stated that no official contact has been made by Olympiacos’ side and Pedro Martins is expected to join the team’s pre-season training on July 3rd. That being said, the Erythrolefki will not easily give up their efforts to sign Pedro Martins.
Rumours regarding Olympiacos’ interest in both Javi Gracia and Pablo Guede have been put to rest. Javi Garcia recently ended his contract with Russian side Rubin Kazan and the agreement included a clause to not take over another team in the near future. As for Pablo Guede, the Erythrolefki prefer a coach with experience on the European stage.
Seeing that there is little time left, the names of Razvan Lucescu and Takis Lemonis seem all the more probable. Lucescu on the one hand had a great year with Xanthi and has knowledge of the Greek football scene. Although doubts remain due to his lack of experience abroad, he has proven himself in the Greek Superleague with Xanthi.
The same goes for “Sir Takis,” who managed to bring together a team that was falling apart after Paulo Bento’s spell in Piraeus. Lemonis knows the club extremely well, has experience in Greek Football and both the Champions League qualifying round and group stages, and has left Olympiacos’ administration pleased since taking over. Both Lucescu and Lemonis seem to be on standby, awaiting for the club’s phone call.
Things are expected to clear up during the meeting between Olympiacos’ president Evangelos Marinakis and new technical director Armando Husillos early next week.