The quickest coaching changes in the Superleague

The quickest coaching changes in the Superleague

Aleksandar Stanojevic lasted only 56 days as PAOK’s head coach and entered a “special” club of the Superleague’s quickest coaching changes.

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After multiple unconvincing performances in preseason friendlies and the first European matches of the season, Aleksander Stanojevic was sacked by PAOK just 56 days into the job. takes a look at the quickest coaching changes in the Greek Superleague.

Season 2006-2007: Hans Backe, Panathinaikos
Although Backe started off his spell at Panathinaikos with an emphatic 1-4 away win over Aigaleo, the Prasini put together poor performances in the two matches that followed in league play and after just three games in charge, Backe was sacked by the club and was replaced by Jasminko Velic.

Season 2007-2008: Georgios Paraschos, PAOK
The Greek coach was sacked by the Dikefalos tou Vorra following a defeat to Xanthi in the opening game of the season and was replaced by Fernando Santos.

Season 2009-2010: Temur Ketsbaia, Olympiacos
Ketsbaia was sacked by Olympiacos after just two matches in charge with Bozidar Bandovic replacing him. 

During the same season, Ilie Dumitrescu, was released by Panthrakikos after a defeat to Iraklis in the opening match of the Superleague in an offseason where the club had made 17 signings.

Season 2010-2011: Mario Beretta, PAOK; Ewald Linen, Olympiacos
Mario Beretta holds the record of the shortest spell as PAOK’s coach staying with the club for 38 days. He was sacked on July 22th, 2010 due to arguments with numerous players and was only in charge for the club’s friendly matches. Beretta was replaced by Pavlos Dermitzakis. 

During that season, Olympiacos also proceeded to a quick coaching change after Ewald Linen was fired 52 days into the job. The German manager failed to lead the club to the Europa League group stages after an embarrassing exit to Maccabi Tel-Aviv in qualifying.

Season 2011-2012: Oscar Fernandez, Asteras Tripolis
Asteras Tripolis’ poor start to the season resulted in the end of Fernandez’s spell with the Arkades. Following a home draw with Kerkyra and two away losses to Panaitolikos and PAS Giannina, Fernandez was sacked by Asteras the very next day. 

Season 2012-2013: Makis Chavos, Veroia
Chavos’ spell with Veroia proved to be a short one, as two back-to-back losses against Olympiacos and Panionios in the first two fixtures of the season resulted in his termination by the Imathia club.

Season 2013-2014: Giannis Chatzinikolaou, Aris
Giannis Chatzinikolaou was sacked by Aris following three defeats to start the season to Apollon Smyrnis, Kalloni, and Atromitos. 

Moreover, during the same season, Goran Stevanovic was sacked by Veria after two defeats against Platanias and OFI in the first two league fixtures of the season.

Season 2014-2015: Juan Ferado, Ergotelis
Juan Ferado sat on Ergotelis’ bench for only two months and two fixtures. His second consecutive defeat resulted in his termination and was announced the following day after a defeat to Kalloni.

Floute’s spell with Niki Volou was slightly longer as he left the club following three defeats to Olympiacos, PAOK, and Atromitos.

Season 2015-2016: Manuel Roca, Panthrakikos
Three back to back defeats to start the season from Asteras Tripolis, Veria, and Panaitolikos were more than enough to bring the sacking of Manuel Roca from Panthrakikos.

Season 2016-2017: Victor Sanchez, Olympiacos
Last season, Victor Sanchez replaced coach Marco Silva (resigned) during pre-season training. However, his spell with the Erythrolefki ended quickly as Olympiacos were eliminated in Champions League qualifying to Hapoel Beer Sheva. He was replaced by Portuguese manager Paulo Bento.

Season 2017-2018: Aleksandar Stanojevic, PAOK
And before the kick-off of to this year’s Superleague, PAOK announced the sacking of Aleksandar Stanojevic after just 56 days with the club. His lack of belief in the team’s goals and his inability to adapt to the club’s mentality led PAOK’s administration to replace him with Razvan Lucescu. 

by Dimitris Spiridakos
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