Olympiacos deny Oscar Garcia link
Following recent speculations, reigning Greek champions Olympiacos confirmed that rumours suggesting 44-year old Spaniard Oscar Garcia is close to becoming head coach are completely false.
Since the week began, the Spanish media have released reports stating that Garcia, who formerly worked in Spain, Israel, England, Austria and France, was holding negotiations with Olympiacos to take over as manager. The Thrylos remained quiet on the subject, but the growing rumours forced the club into breaking the silence.
Kostas Karapapas, Olympiacos’ communications manager, published a message which emphasized that the players are fully focused on the upcoming Super League match against AEL. Current head coach Takis Lemonis spoke additionally to the team, reinforcing the importance of beating AEL in the domestic championship. Having opened up a one-point lead at the top of the Greek table, Lemonis wants Olympiacos to pull away from nearest challengers AEK and PAOK.
The Piraeus club denied that negotiations with Oscar Garcia ever took place. However, according to Spanish journalists, Garcia lost interest in joining Olympiacos after talks were held. Instead of a six-month contract with an extension option, Garcia wanted a 2.5 year deal including the guarantee that he would be given time to work. Taking into account these revelations and Olympiacos’ press release, it seems highly unlikely that Garcia will join the team.
Olympiacos return to Super League action on Sunday evening against AEL in Larissa. At the moment, the Thrylos lead the standings by one point after fifteen rounds.