Trouble at Lamia as Antoniou replaces Chavos
Shortly after club owner Panourgias Papaioannou announced his departure from Lamia, Sotiris Antoniou has replaced the outgoing Makis Chavos as head coach of the first team.
Last season, Lamia impressed in the Super League, claiming a credible seventh place of the standings while heroically reaching the semi-finals of the Greek Cup at the same time. However, in what has been a tough summer for Lamia, owner Papaioannou suddenly decided to leave the organisation before Antoniou then replaced Chavos as the head coach.
Papaioannou had been the Lamia supremo for the past eight years.
A day after Papaioannou took his leave, Lamia revealed that Chavos had left his position as manager. Initially, it was assumed that Chavos had resigned, but the 49-year-old subsequently confirmed that the organisation asked for him to leave:
“I did not resign from my role as the Lamia head coach. The administration asked to terminate our contract because of financial reasons.”
On Tuesday, Lamia confirmed that Antoniou has become the new boss of their senior team:
“PAS Lamia 1964 FC announces the signing of a contract with coach Sotiris Antoniou, who will be assisted by Giannis Providas. The organisation welcomes the pair and wishes them success.”
Antoniou, 43, was most recently the head coach of AE Larissa in 2018. The former footballer has also previously coached the likes of Panachaiki, Sparti and Trikala since ending his playing career in 2009.
Lamia are currently searching for a new investor as financial concerns rapidly grow with the 2019/2020 Super League season set to begin this month.
President Giorgos Pontikas has asked for patience from the Lamia fan base.