The day after its elimination in the second preliminary round of the Champions League, Olympiacos is about to change coach.
Swept away at home by Maccabi Haifa in the second preliminary round of the Champions League (0-4, 1-1 to go), Olympiacos will not play in C1 this season. And it is Pedro Martins, his trainer, who should pay the consequences. « I assume my responsibilities, » said the 52-year-old Portuguese on Wednesday evening after the defeat against the Israeli club, while indicating that he did not intend to resign.
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Its leaders seem to have decided. Arrived in 2018 in Piraeus, the ex-technician of Rio Ave, Marítimo or Vitória SC, had extended his contract until 2024 with Olympiacos last January. Two months later, he became the most capped coach in the history of the Greek club.
Carlos Corberán or Takis Lemonis to succeed him?
His three championships and his conquered Greek Cup should not be enough to convince President Marinakis to maintain it. The failure against Maccabi Haifa follows that of last year, when Olympiacos was eliminated in the third preliminary round of C1 by Ludogorets Razgrad. The Champions League remains (un) complex for the formation of Piraeus. She has not gone beyond the group stage since 2013-2014 (exit in the eighth by Manchester United) and, in the Martins era, she has two victories out of her two appearances in the C1 group stage.
To succeed him, the name of the young (39 years old) Spanish coach, Carlos Corberán, comes up with insistence; as well as that of Takis Lemonis (62), former player and coach of Olympiacos where he operated in several operations as a « service firefighter ».