Olympiacos Forget Garde, Turn to other Options
Less than a month remains until the beginning of preseason training and Olympiacos have yet to decide who will be the club’s head coach next season.
Negotiations with Remi Garde, who until recently was the clear favorite to take over Olympiacos, seem to have reached a dead end. The French coach wanted to buy more time in order to give his final answer to Olympiacos, but the Erythrolefki could not nor wanted to wait any longer.
Sources mention that Garde wanted to return to the English Premier League and was willing to wait for an offer until July, before giving his final answer to the Greek Champions. The head officials of the club were quite irritated with the Frenchman’s stance and have decided to turn their attention elsewhere.
According to various reports, the new “hot” name to take over Olympiacos is that of Thomas Christiansen. The Danish coach reached the Europa League Round of 16 with APOEL while managing to defeat Olympiacos in both group fixtures and eliminated Ernesto Valverde’s Athletic Bilbao in the Round of 32. Thomas Christiansen is coming off of a successful year with APOEL, recently winning the Cypriot First Division league title. That being said, Christiansen’s option remains a difficult one as the Cypriot League is still in action and APOEL have an upcoming Cup Final, keeping the Danish coach’s focus on his current club.
Apart from the Dane, Olympiacos have expressed interest in Fran Escriba of Villarreal as well. However, Escriba has stated that he wants to remain focussed at Villarreal and help lead his team to next season’s Europa League. As a result, Olympiacos will have to wait until the end of the la Liga season (May 21) before contacting Escriba.
One cannot rule out current boss Takis Lemonis. Olympiacos’ administration is very content with Sir Takis’ work and his stay at the helm should not come as a surprise. As time ticks and no manager is signed, the probability of Lemonis’ stay will be on the rise.
Last but not least, rumours have also been reported about Xanthi’s Razvan Lucescu, who is not new to the Greek Superleague and has knowledge and experience of Greek football reality.
A final decision will be made within the week, as the Piraeus side wish to resolve this matter as soon as possible and proceed with changes to the roster.