OFFICIAL: Hasi sacked, Lemonis returns to Olympiacos

OFFICIAL: Hasi sacked, Lemonis returns to Olympiacos

Olympiacos announced the replacement of head coach Besnik Hasi on Monday with Takis Lemonis following the 3-2 defeat to AEK Athens in Sunday’s Athens derby.

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The reigning champions let a 2-0 lead slip in an enthralling match at the Olympic Stadium and as a result are five points behind league leaders AEK, and Hasi has paid the ultimate price for his troubles.

The 45-year-old Albanian Kosovan’s position was already under question leading up to the crucial top of the table clash following indifferent league form as well as a poor 3-2 home defeat by Sporting Lisbon in their opening Champions League group stage match two weeks ago.

And, as anticipated, Hasi was shown the door officially on Monday after already being informed by club officials late on Sunday night that his services would no longer be required, with Lemonis coming in for a fourth spell at the club.

"Olympiacos FC announces the start of its co-operation with the coach Takis Lemonis,” said the Erythrolefki via a very brief media statement.

Details of Lemonis’ contract length have not been confirmed. He will be assisted by former Olympiacos midfielder Christos Kontis.

Lemonis will get to work immediately, taking training later on Monday ahead of Wednesday’s second Champions League group match against Juventus in Turin.

Lemonis previously coached Olympiacos in 2000-02, 2006-08, and for a short period as interim coach at the end of last season.

by Graham Wood
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