Instability at Apollon Smyrni results in relegation
Following a poor campaign in their second season in the Super League, AGONAsport takes a closer look at the fall of Apollon Smyrni.
Apollon Smyrni will return to the second tier of Greek football following two seasons in the Super League. The instability over the last two seasons has seen Apollon fail to make their mark in the top flight of Greek football. In that time span, the club has gone through eight different managers, four different technical directors, and a total of 36 new players signed.
Coach Apostolos Mantzios led the club through the start of the 2017/18 campaign before being replaced by Zoran Vulic. The Croatian manager only last a couple months and Georgios Paraschos took over, leading the team to safety.
This season, Valerien Ismael, Alberto Monteagudo, Giannis Matzourakis, Charalampos Tennes, and Lefteris Velentzas (two occasions) have all managed the Elafra Taxiarchia, a sign of great instability at the club. Coupled by four different technical directors and a rapid squad change, Apollon eventually suffered relegation to next year’s Super League 2.
Last season, Apollon finished third from bottom to avoid relegation with just 29 points (seven-point cushion from the drop one) and a record of 6 wins, 11 draws, and 13 losses. However, the club was not capable of repeating last season’s feat, completing the campaign in last place with only 2 wins, 4 draws, and 24 losses. As imagined, the Smyrniotes housed the worst scoring and defensive record in the league with only 11 goals scored and 55 conceded from 30 games.
The club is currently searching for a new manager and technical director with hopes of adding stability to the club and a quick return to the Super League.