Olympiacos Piraeus fired coach Besnik Hasi only hours after losing 2-3 to AEK Athens on Sunday night; a development that was expected after a series of bad performances by the team.
As soon as the team’s bus arrived at headquarters, the Kosovar coach was informed by club officials that he will not continue coaching Olympiacos. A few dozen club supporters were there waiting, and shouting slogans demanding the coach’s removal.
Official announcements are all that remain to seal the end of the Olympiacos-Hasi partnership.
Sunday’s game at OAKA stadium was the final crash test for the Kosovar coach. The way Olympiacos lost 2-3 after leading the game 2-0, was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Poor management of the match, and some unsuccessful choices of players, led owner Vangelis Marinakis to fire Hasi.
Replacement scenarios were discussed after the game. Former Olympiacos goalkeeper Antonis Nikopolidis could be one candidate, but he is bound with the Young National Team until September 30, and it is not certain if he will be released from his contract in order to coach Olympiacos.
However, on Tuesday the team leaves for Turin for Wednesday’s crucial match with Juventus where they are playing for the Champions League, and the question remains: who will be sitting on the bench?
The name of former coach Takis Lemonis has also been mentioned as an option, in sports media circles. Lemonis took over the team at the end of last season, after Portuguese coach Paulo Bento, was dismissed in March.