Hasi has many decisions to make
As of last week, Besnik Hasi is officially the new head coach of Olympiacos. The Albanian Kosovo manager has many decisions to make in regards to Olympiacos’ roster for the upcoming season and Champions League qualifying rounds.
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The 45-year old coach has wasted no time drawing up his plans for the new season, knowing that time is limited and every day counts. Hasi must resolve any current issues as soon as possible and focus on building a team that will be ready to face the challenge of Champions League qualifying. Last season’s absence from the Champions League group stages was a blow to the club’s prestige and bank account (loss of over €25 Million) and president Evangelos Marinakis seems willing to give Hasi what he needs to bring Olympiacos back to Europe’s elite club competition.
Besnik Hasi has made it clear that his first priority is to solidify the current roster before the team leaves for Seefeld and preseason training. At a first glance, the 45-year old coach will “clean up” Olympiacos’ roster. With Leali, Paredes, Cissokho, and Cardozo set to depart, Hasi must decide Cambiasso and Chori Dominguez’s future at the team, whose contracts expire in the coming days. According to reports, Hasi has spotted the team’s weaknesses and has selected players that have left him unimpressed.
Hasi and his colleagues will be called to make necessary decisions in regards to the players on loan away from Olympiacos as well as those that have already signed with the Peiraiotes including Risvanis, Siopis and, Koutris. It should not come as a surprise if some of these players do not follow the team to Seefeld and depart on loan (or with a transfer) for the upcoming season.
Sources mention that Hasi’s transfer plans are consistent with the existing reports since the conclusion of the season. The Erythrolefki will look to sign a defensive midfielder, a center midfielder, a left wing back, a stopper, one or two fast wing forwards, and 1-2 center forwards. Marinakis is keen to support the new coach’s decisions and help take the team to the next level. This is evident with the quality of players that surround the club’s transfer gossip including Defour, Rodriguez, Weiss etc.
Hasi is also a coach that will make the most of Olympiacos’ youth, as the examples of Retsos, Androutsos, and Manthatis show that the club’s academies have players with great potential. This is one of few positive doings of former manager Paulo Bento.
One key reason Marinakis chose the former Anderlecht and Legia boss to take over Olympiacos, is his experience in the Champions League qualifying rounds. With last year’s embarrassment against Hapoel Be’er Sheva looming over the club, Olympiacos will use this as a learning lesson for this season. Although valuable time has been lost with the delay in appointing a new coach, times remains in order to prepare the team for the upcoming challenges.
Last but not least, apart from qualifying for the Champions League group stage, Marinakis expects from Hasi to display a team with an attacking style of play that will surely please the fans, if this coincides with good results.