AEK-Olympiacos fixture leads to managerial change for 3rd straight season

AEK-Olympiacos fixture leads to managerial change for 3rd straight season

For a third year straight season, the derby between AEK and Olympiacos has resulted in a coaching change for one of the two teams. This time out, Olympiacos boss Besnik Hasi was sacked after Olympiacos’ 3-2 defeat to AEK on Sunday.

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Following Olympiacos’ 3-2 defeat to AEK on Sunday, Olympiacos coach Besnik Hasi was sacked by the club and Takis Lemonis was appointed as the new boss in Piraeus. The sacking of Hasi marks the third straight season where a coach has been fired after the derby fixture between the Kitrinomavri and the Erythrolefki.  

During the 2015/16 season, AEK had just returned to the Superleague after a two year quest in the Gamma Ethniki and the Football League. The Kitrinomavri were due to face Olympiacos in their second derby of the season (had lost 2-1 to PAOK in Toumba), however the so-called derby was anything but a close contest. Olympiacos humiliated the Kitrinomavri with a 4-0 thrashing which ultimately led to the sacking of coach Traianos Dellas, who had been the man in charge for over two years.

It was a similar situation last season when the Kitrinomavri visited the Karaiskaki stadium in matchday six of the 2016/17 Superleague. It was Olympiacos who once again triumphed with a comfortable 3-0 victory, a result that ultimately sent coach Temuri Ketsbaia packing despite AEK’s away win over Larissa one week later.

This year, the roles were reversed as Olympiacos were on the wrong end of a 3-2 scoreline at the OAKA stadium. The defeat resulted in Besnik Hasi’s removal from his head coaching position and Takis Lemonis was appointed in his place shortly after. Hasi’s position was hanging by a thread after two consecutive draws in the Superlegaue to Xanthi and Asteras Tripolis and a disappointing 2-3 defeat to Sporting Lisbon in their opening Champions League fixture. Olympiacos’ defeat to AEK was the nail in the coffin sending Hasi on his way after just a 3-month stay with the club. 

by Dimitris Spiridakos
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