Negotiations with Poyet break down
Initially, it seemed AEK would hire Gus Poyet as the successor to the departed Miguel Cardoso, but reports have revealed that negotiations have broken down.
Last week, AEK supremo Dimitris Melissanidis took the sharp decision to sack Cardoso after the shock home defeat to Xanthi in the Super League, with technical director Nikos Liberopoulos also leaving the club. Nikos Kostenoglou is the temporary head coach until a permanent replacement is appointed. Ilija Ivic has already replaced Liberopoulos as the technical director.
At first, all of the signs seemed to be pointing towards Poyet returning to AEK as manager, but reports have now revealed that negotiations have reached a dead end. AEK are not willing to match the Uruguayan’s financial demands.
Poyet previously managed AEK between 2015 and 2016.
Quique Setien, Massimo Carrera and Miroslav Djukic are now the three main favourites for the job.
Kostenoglou will manage the team again on Sunday evening with AEK playing Asteras in Tripoli. On Thursday, the Kitrinomavri made a huge improvement under the guidance of Kostenoglou, defeating Trabzonspor 2-0 in Turkey. AEK were knocked out of the UEFA Europa League on the away goals rule.
AEK are eager to hire their new permanent head coach next week as the international break begins.