Herrera departs Aris after dismal run of form
Following a fourth consecutive loss in the Super League, Aris head coach Paco Herrera has paid the price, with reports suggesting the 64-year old’s contract has been terminated by mutual consent.
Initially, Aris made an impressive start to life back in the big time, however their fortunes have taken a dramatic turn for the worse. In the past four Super League matches, the Thessaloniki outfit lost to Panionios (0:1), PAOK (1:2), AEK (0:4) and Olympiacos (0:1) to drop to seventh place in the standings, and the players were booed off the pitch after losing at the Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium on Sunday.
Paco Herrera only joined Aris in the summer, but after a mere 11 matches in charge of the team, he has been relieved of his duties. On Monday afternoon, reports appeared in the Greek media stating that Herrera was summoned to a meeting with Aris chairman Theodoros Karipidis, in which the Spanish manager was informed that the administration wanted to end his tenure at the helm. Herrera and Karipidis managed to strike a deal to finish their cooperation mutually and Aris will announce the former’s departure once the required paperwork has been signed.
In his nine Super League matches with Aris, Herrera claimed 12 points with four victories and five losses. Herrera helped Aris draw with PAOK (1:1) in the Greek Cup and beat Aittitos Spata (2:1) in the same competition.
Fellow coaches Raul Bravo and Telmo De Andres have also had their Aris contracts dissolved. For the time being, Apostolos Terzis will be the interim head coach until a permanent replacement is found.