Lymberopoulos and Ouzounidis Draw Up Plans for Next Season
With a few days remaining before the start of the playoffs, Panathinaikos’ technical director Nikos Lymberopoulos and coach Marinos Ouzounidis have drawn up their plans for next season. The two men are expected to meet with the club’s president, Giannis Alafouzos, tomorrow to discuss final details for the new season.
According to recent reports, Alafouzos will not enforce the strict financial cuts, originally rumored to decrease the club’s budget by 33%, as Panathinaikos have raised their expectations for next season.
Panathinaikos’ first priority is to release all the players that are not considered in next season’s plans.
Secondly, efforts will be made to keep M'Poku and Klonaridis who are on loan at the club, as both have proven to be valuable assets this season. M’ Poku’s case seems to be more difficult, as Chievo Verona demand over €2 Million for the player, a sum that exceeds Panathinaikos’ giving price. On the other hand, things seem to be easier for Klonaridis with Lens asking for a lower sum of money for the player’s transfer.
Another off-season focus will be to strengthen the team's bench. This year’s lack of quality on the bench was a major factor for a mediocre season.
Yesterday, a hot issue emerged with multiple reports stating that Malaga are interested in Marcus Berg. Michel, who is the current coach at Malaga and former coach of Olympiacos, wants to bring Berg to Spain to strengthen Malaga’s attack. During his stay at Marseille, Michel had also made an effort to bring the Panathinaikos star to the French club.