Olympiacos relieve Lemonis of head coach role, Óscar García on the way
Greek champions Olympiacos axed head coach Takis Lemonis late on Thursday evening amid reports that the SuperLeague club have agreed terms with Spanish technician Óscar García Junyent.
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The Piraeus giants, who have won the Greek top flight 44 times, announced the end of Lemonis’ fourth stint as coach via a brief media statement, just a couple of days after denying reports that they were about to replace him with García.
“Olympiacos FC announces the termination of its cooperation with coach Takis Lemonis; he took over the team in special circumstances and the club would like to thank him for his services,” said the club statement.
It’s not all bad news for the loyal Olympiacos servant, however, as the club revealed he has been offered a new role, although no specific details have been revealed as yet.
“Mr. Lemonis, who is an important figure for the Olympiacos family, has already been offered a new proposal to stay involved with the club,” added the statement.
Olympiacos were not available for comment, but virtually every local media outlet reported that the club is set to announce the appointment of García as Lemonis’ replacement on Friday.
Former Barcelona midfielder García, 44, resigned from his post as coach of French Ligue 1 outfit Saint-Etienne in November citing “tensions with the board”, giving up the remaining 19 months of his salary.
He has also previously coached Maccabi Tel Aviv, Brighton & Hove Albion, Watford, and Red Bull Salzburg.
Should he take on the role at Olympiacos as anticipated, he will inherit a team which currently leads the SuperLeague by a single point in what has been one of the most exciting title races in recent memory so far.
Lemonis will look back with a tinge of regret on his fourth term in the Olympiacos dugout.
The 57-year-old was brought in last September to salvage the club’s worst start to a domestic season in 30 years, replacing Besnik Hasi.
Despite guiding the team from fifth place to top spot before Christmas, he failed to help the team get past the Champions League group stage - albeit in a very tough group involving Barcelona, Juventus and Sporting Lisbon.