How Olympiacos’ coaches have performed in Piraeus
Olympiacos have changed coaches on three separate occasions during a chaotic 2017/2018 campaign, with the club about to lose their grip on the Super League trophy. AGONAsport looks back at how the Thrylos managers have performed this season.
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As reported in a previous AGONAsport article, Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis recently vented his fury towards the players at the club’s Renti training centre, blaming their poor attitude for the poor results. Oscar Garcia, who only took over as manager in January, paid the price for a disappointing 1:1 draw with Levadiakos and left the club by mutual consent on Tuesday.
This season, Olympiacos have swapped managers three times, an incredible statistic for a club of such stature. Besnik Hasi started the campaign in the hot-seat, but he was fired following a dramatic derby loss to AEK Athens. The experienced Takis Lemonis was drafted in as a replacement, steering the club to the top of the Super League table and then leaving to allow Spaniard Oscar Garcia to take over. Garcia was expected to help Olympiacos win an eighth successive league title, but he failed to impress and has become the next casualty. Christos Kontis will cover as interim manager for the remainder of the current campaign.
AGONAsport analyses how Olympiacos’ previous three head coaches this season performed:
Besnik Hasi: 08/06/2017 - 25/09/2017. 11 matches, 6 victories, 3 draws, 2 defeats
To be honest, Hasi actually made a positive start to his brief Olympiacos career, assisting the club to qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stages after two tricky qualifying rounds. However, things then went horribly wrong. A number of tepid performances, including crucial losses to Sporting Lisbon and AEK, resulted in the Albanian being fired in late September.
Takis Lemonis: 25/09/2017 - 04/01/2018. 18 matches, 10 victories, 2 draws, 6 defeats
The 58-year old, who had previously managed Olympiacos twice, steadied the ship in Piraeus and took the team back to first position of the Super League. He did lose six matches in charge of the Thrylos, but the majority of those defeats came in the Champions League group stage where Olympiacos came bottom. The decision to remove him for Oscar Garcia proved to be a huge mistake by Marinakis.
Oscar Garcia: 05/01/2018 - 03/04/2018. 13 matches, 6 victories, 5 draws, 2 losses
The Catalonian native endured a nightmare three-month spell in Greece. Garcia failed to stamp his authority among the disjointed group of Olympiacos players, seemingly losing control of the dressing room and unable to get his ideas across with any meaningful effect. It’s certainly not a period of his career which he will remember with fondness.
With Garcia, Olympiacos particularly struggled on the road, winning only the one match against Platanias 4:0 alongside the 3:0 victory over PAOK which was awarded in court.
Christos Kontis: 03/04/2018 - end of season
Kontis has already been the main man on the Olympiacos bench, covering for the ill Oscar Garcia in the 2:2 draw with Atromitos Athens and the 1:2 Greek Cup defeat to AEK. He also oversaw the 3:0 win against AEL in Larissa. It remains to be seen whether the Greek can secure a Champions League spot for Olympiacos ahead of the upcoming 2018/2019 season.