Oscar Garcia and Olympiacos part ways
Oscar Garcia’s miserable tenure as Olympiacos coach was brought to an end on Tuesday night after the Piraeus club announced that they had come to an agreement with the Spaniard to part ways.
The 44-year-old technician only replaced Besnik Hasi in January, but lasted just three months in the Georgios Karaiskakis hotseat with the reigning champions set to lose their domestic league crown after a poor season.
“I decided, with the agreement of the club, to end our cooperation today to give the club more time to prepare calmly for next season,” Garcia said via a statement on the Olympiacos website.
“I want to thank the president who gave me the opportunity to coach the best team in Greece, as well as all the employees, players and fans of the team for the love and respect they showed me from day one, I wish them good success in the coming season.”
Olympiacos added a bland statement: “We thank Oscar Garcia for his contribution to the club and we wish him every success in the future.”
Garcia’s departure comes just 24 hours after outspoken club owner Evangelos Marinakis announced a 400,000 euro fine for the squad for the recent poor results which has seen their title challenge falter, as well as stating that he would play the Under-20 team in the remaining matches and have a mass fire sale of the senior squad.
Garcia will be remembered rather embarrassingly for his role in the controversial cancellation of the PAOK-Olympiacos derby back in February when he fell to the ground just before kick-off after being hit with a roll of receipt paper.
The Spaniard was deemed too injured to continue and was hospitalized as the referee called off the game amid chaotic scenes.
Youth coach Christos Kontis will take over as interim coach for the Erythrolefki for the club’s remaining four matches, with former player Ariel Ibagaza as his assistant.