Ouzounidis Gives Update On Future
Out of contract at season’s end, with the club in turmoil off the field and several past offers already rejected, Panathinaikos manager Marinos Ouzounidis, has given the clearest indication yet on his future after the final matchday of a torrid season.
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It is not the news Panathinaikos fans wanted to hear, but after the loss to PAOK on the weekend Ouzounidis stated “I know what I want but I am waiting for the Championship to end. I have made my decision and will wait until the end of the Xanthi match”.
Never has Panathinaikos experienced such a season like this, and Ouzounidis has acted as so much more than just a coach from pre-season. He basically kept the club standing with minimal help. It is for this reason why he is adored even though the club is languishing in mid table and the threat of relegation due to financial issues is still hanging over the club.
Moving forward for any new potential owner, keeping Ouzounidis would have to be the first bit of business. However, it is understood that he has already made his mind up and with Giannis Alafouzos still at the helm there is no way he will even think of talks to extend his contract beyond this season.
Only a change in ownership has the ability to alter Ouzounidis’ decision and ironically enough Thai businessman Pairoj Piempongsant of Pan Asia is still due to arrive in Athens this upcoming Friday to meet with Alafouzos in relation to the proposed takeover. Therefore, not all hope is lost on Ouzounidis remaining beyond this season but a lot has to happen before he will even think of signing a new deal.
Pan Asia is reportedly close to reaching an agreement but should Panathinaikos get relegated due to a failure to pay Jens Wemmer (third points deduction for failing to pay a player in a single season results in automatic relegation), any deal is immediately off the table. Consequently, the club must sort this out as quickly as possible.
In addition to this, the Board of Directors meeting to change the licensing requirements that would allow Panathinaikos to remain in the top flight, is scheduled for this Thursday. As it can be observed, it is all happening right now for the Greens.