Deja Vu for Hasi

Deja Vu for Hasi

Besnik Hasi’s stay at Olympiacos was quite similar to that of his last coaching job at Legia Warsaw in Poland, where he was sacked just after 3 months in charge.

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Before signing with Olympiacos, Besnik Hasi’s last coaching job was with Legia Warsaw in Poland. The Albanian manager took over Legia on June 4th, 2016 and only lasted there for 107 days before being fired on September 18th. Fast forward one year later, Hasi was appointed Olympiacos’ head coach on June 8, 2017, only to be sacked after 109 days in charge on September 25th following a 3-2 defeat to AEK.

Despite the fact that Hasi managed to lead both Legia and Olympiacos to the Champions League group stages early in the season, his teams lost form in September both domestically and in Europe. In 2016, Legia recorded only 2 wins from nine league matches, falling to 7th in the standings, while this season, Olympiacos also have two wins in their league campaign after five matches played (currently sit fourth in the Superleague standings). 

Legia and Olympiacos’ league form proved costly for Hasi’s coaching position at the respective clubs. With Legia, the Albanian boss was sacked after a 3-2 defeat to Zaglebie and with Olympiacos, he was given the boot after a 3-2 defeat to AEK. After Hasi’s departure, Legia managed to turn things around and win the league title in Poland (in a playoff) and with 25 rounds left to play in this year’s Superleague, Olympiacos will hope for the same. 

It was a similar story in the UEFA Champions League group stages as Legia began last year’s campaign with a humiliating 0-6 defeat to Dortmund while this year, Olympiacos were defeated 2-3 at home to Sporting Lisbon. Although the Erythrolefki managed to pull back two late goals for a “better scoreline,” Sporting Lisbon dominated the fixture and could have very well walked away with an emphatic victory at the Karaiskakis stadium.

Hasi was also accused at both clubs for putting the blame on his players and never taking fault for his decisions or tactics. At legia, he publicly criticized the club’s captain of 10 years and at Olympiacos, the 45-year old manager was also known for blaming his players in post game press conferences. 

After two identical spells at Legia and Olympiacos, Hasi will look to learn from his mistakes as he searches for the next sstop in his managerial career.

by: Dimitris Spiridakos
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