Olympiacos Still Awaiting New Boss
As May heads into its final stretch, there is a great deal of action behind the scenes at Olympiacos. The season may have ended for the Greek SuperLeague champions, however the preparation for next season is well under way. The main order of business concerns finding a new manager.
Reports in the last few weeks suggested that the new man would be installed by now. That is not the case as Olympiacos have been unable to close deals with three targets including Remi Garde, Fran Escriba, and Christophe Galtier.
The discussions with Garde broke down in the final stages, while Escriba looks set to continue on with Villarreal. Galtier will leave Saint Etienne, but an upcoming hip surgery complicates matters with the French coach. He will need 3-4 weeks of recuperation and Olympiacos will begin their pre-season in June ahead of Champions’ League qualifiers the following month.
Thus, the Erythrolefki have set their sights elsewhere and said earlier this week that an announcement of a new manager may not come until the end of May.
Many names are being tossed about at the moment in the media, the highest profile of which include Mauricio Pellegrino and Aitor Karanka. Barring a big shock, it's unlikely that those two could be convinced to come to Greece.
Quique Setien of Las Palmas currently appears to have emerged as a favorite. Setien does not appear to be staying on at Las Palmas and his name has not been in the frame for other jobs in the Spanish top-flight.
The Spanish market appears to be where Olympiacos are concentrating once again with the name of Jose Luis Mendilibar also in the mix.
For now, Setien seems the most probable option from Spain. The club do seem to have a few other names on the backburner as a Plan B.
Takis Lemonis is considered a longshot, but club officials were reportedly impressed with the job the Greek boss did for the club in an interim capacity to close out the season.
Razvan Lucescu and Miroslav Djukic are a couple more candidates that would be considered should the club fail to land a higher profile name.
Certainly, the next 10-14 days will be a crucial time period for the club. Supporters will be hoping for a decision sooner rather than later in order to avoid the chaos that came about at the start of last season that had a negative impact on the entire campaign.