Pedro Martins signs deal to become next Olympiacos manager
The new Olympiacos head coach for the 2018/2019 season is now known, with an official announcement confirming that Pedro Martins will take over the Thrylos.
On Monday evening, Olympiacos released the news on their official website, providing this following press release: “Olympiacos FC announces deal signed with Portuguese head coach Pedro Martins. Mr Martins will take on head coaching duties after this season is over; his full staff will be announced then.” According to reports appearing in the Greek media, Martins has put pen to paper on a two-year deal with the reigning Greek champions and will earn 400 thousand euros a year. Martins will begin managing Olympiacos in the 2018/2019 season.
Following his appointment as Olympiacos boss, the 47-year old Portuguese expressed his excitement about joining the Thrylos on his official Twitter account: “THRYLOS! Very proud to join Olympiacos FC! An honour to represent such an amazing club, with such passionate fans. Time to start preparing 18/19, with a clear focus: winning!”
After the completion of his playing career in 2004, Martins turned his hand to coaching, becoming an assistant manager for Vitoria Setubal, Porto and Belemenses. In 2006, he was the head coach of União Lamas, later managing Lusitania, Espinho, Marítimo, Rio Ave and Vitoria Guimaraes. He impressed with Guimaraes, helping the club reach the Portuguese Cup final and finish in fourth place of the domestic championship in his debut season. Martins left Guimaraes in February 2018.
Until Martins takes over as Olympiacos boss in the summer, Christos Kontis will continue coaching the team during the remainder of a chaotic 2017/2018 season for the Thrylos. Recently, Spaniard Oscar Garcia departed Piraeus after a string of poor results.