Jimenez future in doubt as AEK search for new candidates
Initially, it appeared certain that Manolo Jimenez would remain in his position as AEK head coach for the 2019/2020 season, but new reports are suggesting the organisation is searching for someone else.
In February, Jimenez returned to AEK for his third stint with the Kitrinomavri, receiving the job after Marinos Ouzounidis resigned. To his credit, the 55-year-old steered AEK to a third-placed finish in the Super League and the final of the Greek Cup, but the performance level wasn’t consistently good enough. AEK finished a large 23 points behind newly crowned champions PAOK, while losing to the same opponents in the Greek Cup for the third successive year.
Despite the disappointing season, AEK were expected to keep Jimenez at the helm for the 2019/2020 season, but there appears to have been a change of heart. Club owner, Dimitris Melissanidis, will spend the upcoming weeks searching for a potentially stronger candidate for the post.
However, if Melissanidis doesn’t find a coach who he believes is capable of taking AEK to the next level, Jimenez will remain in charge. AEK will begin the new season in August with two matches in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.
Melissanidis had his say on the state of play: “We spoke with Mr. Jimenez about the past year. We said what we needed to say. We will know everything on June 10. The club will decide. I didn’t say that AEK are searching for a new coach, I simply stated that we have held conversations with Jimenez. When there is news, I will make a statement.”
Since returning to the Athenian club in February, Jimenez has managed 16 matches with AEK, registering 10 wins, two draws and four defeats. Jimenez previously won the 2011 Greek Cup and 2017/2018 Super League as manager of the Kitrinomavri.