Seven clubs fire managers during first half of Greek season
Greece can certainly be regarded as a coaching merry-go-round. Amazingly, after just fifteen rounds of the 2017/2018 Super League season, an astounding seven teams have fired their managers, with three of those clubs having at least two head coaches this campaign!
The chaos started in the summer when PAOK dismissed Aleksandar Stanojevic, a Serbian who was only in the job for 56 days. Razvan Lucescu was drafted in to replace him, going on to steady the ship at the Thessaloniki club. PAOK own joint second place of the standings, one point behind leaders Olympiacos.
Later on, Olympiacos found themselves in the midst of a potentially huge crisis. The players simply weren’t performing, dropping points in the domestic championship and losing a crucial Champions League match to Sporting Lisbon. Following a dramatic 2:3 defeat to AEK Athens, coach Besnik Hasi, also only employed before the campaign began, was booted out from Piraeus. Old timer Takis Lemonis was called back into the hot-seat, taking the club to the top of the Super League albeit disappointing in Europe.
Larissa, Apollon Smyrnis and AOK Kerkyra are the three clubs which have changed their managers twice in the opening 15 rounds. Apollon and Kerkyra are struggling in the league, however Larissa have risen to mid-table. Alekos Vosniadis came in for his second spell in charge this season at Kerkyra, but he has once again left the club. Taking into account that Kerkyra have recently lost four consecutive games, it isn’t too surprising.
Here is a list of all clubs which have changed their coaches in the first half of the 2017/2018 Greece Super League:
Olympiacos: Hasi (Lemonis)
PAOK: Stanojevic (Lucescu)
Asteras Tripolis: Vergetis (Pantelidis)
Larissa: Paus, Mathijssen (Fyntanis)
Apollon Smyrnis: Mantzios, Vulic (Paraschos)
Kerkyra: Eleftheropoulos, Vosniadis (-)
Platanias: Paraschos (Roca)