Ouzounidis calls it quits at Panathinaikos
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 30
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Marinos Ouzounidis parted ways with Panathinaikos after the club lost its final game of a miserable season 2-1 to Xanthi on Monday, but left the door open to returning should the club ownership change.
The Greens put in a battling display in the delayed match from Sunday, which had been abandoned due to a waterlogged pitch, before hearing Ouzounidis – the man widely credited with saving the team from relegation on the pitch – state that after a year and a half he has had enough.
"I do not think any another manager has ever faced such great difficulties at a major club,” he said in the post-match press conference at the Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium.
“The team is here, it appears a solution will be found and I hope it is found soon. I hope that at some point, under other circumstances, we will be here again,” he added, hinting that he could return.
On the pitch on Monday, Panathinaikos led via Luciano Neves, but Xanthi turned the game on its head with goals from Jorge Casado and Petar Durickovic to finish joint fifth but miss out on a place in the Europa League due to an inferior head-to-head record with Asteras Tripolis.
Panathinaikos finished in the 11th place, the lowest in the club’s illustrious history, having had a total of eight points deducted due to debts and as punishment from crowd trouble during last season.