Stanojevic sacked after 56 days, Lucescu takes over PAOK
Aleksandar Stanojevic was sacked by PAOK just 56 days after taking over the head coach position at the club. Former Xanthi coach Razvan Lucescu will be the new manager of the Thessalonikis.
Following today’s morning training session, the Serbian coach was informed of the club’s decision to terminate his contract after signing with the Dikefalos tou Vora just 56 days ago. Under Stanojevic’s guidance, PAOK did not show any signs of improvement, but rather put together some problematic displays in the pre-season friendlies and in both Europa League qualifiers against Olimpik Donetsk.
PAOK’s administration concluded that the Serbian manager never really adapted to the club’s mentality and he seemed doubtful about the club’s goals; goals he had agreed to pursue before signing with the Thessalonikis this summer.
Lubos Michel took fault for the decision and PAOK’s technical director proposed formed Xanthi coach Razvan Lucescu to take over the head coach position. The proposal was accepted by president Ivan Savvides and Lucescu took charge of the club’s afternoon training session. Lucescu was amongst PAOK’s options to replace Vladan Ivic in May, but the club decided to go with Stanojevic.
Lucescu has lots of experience in Greek football, coaching in Greece for the past three seasons. The Romanian has belief in both himself and the team’s potential and did not think twice to sign a 2+1-year contract with the Dikefalos tou Vora.
Lucescu will look to lead PAOK to the Europa League group stages against Ostersund before leading his new club to a good run and possibly the title in this year’s Superleague.