After only three months at the helm of Greek champions Olympiacos, Spanish coach Oscar Garcia announced he is leaving the Piraeus club.
“I decided, with the agreement of the club, to finish our cooperation today to give the team more time to prepare for the next season,” said Garcia on Tuesday. He had come under intense criticism for the eventual loss of the Greek title after seven consecutive winning campaigns.
A day earlier, club president Evangelos Marinakis fined his under-performing players and ordered them to go on holiday after Olympiacos fell nine points off Greek Super League leaders AEK following a 1-1 draw on Sunday with Levadiakos.
Marinakis vowed to call up players from the club’s under-20 team to play the remainder of the season, while he fined the first-team squad €400,000 ($491,000).
Oscar Garcia has become the third manager to leave Olympiacos’s bench this season. Assistant coach Christos Kontis will be the caretaking manager in the four remaining league games.
Garcia, a former midfielder who spent most of his 14-year professional career with Barcelona, will be remembered in Greece for the incident in February when he was hit on the head by a cashier’s roll thrown by a PAOK supporter before a league match.