Omonoia hire Anastasiou as new boss
As widely rumored in the Greek and Cypriot media, Omonoia have hired Giannis Anastasiou as their new manager.
Anastasiou is a 45-year-old Greek manager, who previously worked for Panathinaikos from 2013-2015, as well as in the Netherlands for Roda JC. He most recently worked in Belgium for Kortrijk and was rumored as a candidate to take over the vacant Greek national team head coaching position, which eventually was given to Angelos Anastasiadis.
Anastasiou was in Nicosia, attending Omonoia’s 2:0 loss away to APOEL, seen talking to Omonoia owner Stavros Papastavrou. He takes over for Angel Gomez, who was serving as the interim manager in addition to his permanent role as the club’s Technical Director, a role he will retain.
Despite only being in October, Anastasiou is Omonoia’s third manager of the season. Juan Carlos Oliva was fired after just 5 matches, following three consecutive losses after winning the first two. In addition, Omonoia also lost both matches coached by Gomez.
The changing of managers is part of an overall theme for Omonoia. Anastasiou is their 6th manager in less than a calendar year, continuing the instability that plagued the club a season ago. As if inheriting a club that’s on a 5-game losing streak wasn’t difficult enough, the club has fallen in the standings to 8th place, already 13 points back of league leaders AEL Limassol. With the season getting away from them already, Anastasiou has quite a challenge on his hands.