Olympiacos sack Hasi after defeat to AEK
Shortly after Olympiacos’ defeat to AEK, the Erythrolefki informed coach Besnik Hasi that he will not continue as the club’s head coach.
As expected, Olympiacos will part ways with coach Besnik Hasi after a bitter 3-2 defeat at the hands of AEK in Sunday’s Superleague derby. The Albanian manager was under pressure after two consecutive Superleague draws against Xanthi and Asteras Tripolis and a poor showing at home to Sporting Lisbon (2-3 defeat) in their Champions League opener.
Sunday’s derby was Hasi’s last chance to keep his position as Olympiacos’ head coach, a test he failed to pass. Things were going well for the Erythrolefki as they took a 0-2 lead early in the second half before AEK completed a tremendous comeback in the final thirty minutes, officially sending Hasi packing from Piraeus. The result leaves Olympiacos five points behind in the title race only after five rounds of play.
Olympiacos’ officials informed Hasi of their decision upon the team’s arrival at Renti and all that remains is the club’s official announcement of Hasi’s departure. According to sportfm.gr, Antonis Nikopolidis will be the interim manager and the man in charge for Wednesday’s midweek clash in Turin against Juventus in the UEFA Champions League. Once a permanent manager is appointed, Nikopolidis will remain on the new coaching staff.
Sources mention that the Erythrolefki will quickly move to find Hasi’s replacement with rumors stating that Olympiacos’ next coach will be a foreign manager that has coached in the Superleague previously. The first names thrown around include former AEK manager Gustavo Poyet (the favorite) and Spaniard Aitor Karanka, who led Middlesbrough to the Premier League. Former Kerkyra/Olympiacos Volou boss Javi Gracia and Olympiacos go to manager, Takis Lemonis, are also amongst the rumored names.