On March 6 of 2017, Olympiakos decided to sack Paulo Bento from his managerial position in the Greek club which was a very surprising thing to see as the Portuguese coach was able to push Olympiakos to the top of the Greece Superleague.
Prior to the sacking of Paulo Bento, there was another manager from that very same club that was removed from his coaching position in the same season and it was Victor Sanchez.
This means that Olympiakos had switched their head coach at least twice in the season of 2016-17 but it made little to no difference at all in relation to their campaign as the Greek still managed to come out on top and lift their 44th league title which is amazing and shows just how much of a dominance that Olympiakos has had.
Mathew Booth, Former Mamelodi Sundowns defender has expressed strong believe that a move to Europe will be best for Keagan Dolly, stating that he is confident that Olympiakos will return with another offer for the South African in January.
The Greek giants have been keeping a close eye on Dolly, with a keen interest on the ongoing case between the player and Mamelodi Sundowns. Meanwhile the hope to make an offer for the Bafana Bafana
international once the case is resolved.
Recall that Olympiakos have earlier in august matched Dolly’s buyout clause, unfortunately Mamelodi Sundowns has rejected the offer and a legal dispute ensured between him and the Chloorkop-based club.
He had stayed in Sundowns and put on an extraordinary performance that was phenomenal to the teams victory at this year’s Caf Champions League under the stewardship of Pitso Mosimane. He also put on quite a show at the 2016 Rio Olympic as he led the Bafana Bafana team of South Africa to the Olympic Games.
Sam Allardyce has been the manager of West Ham United since June of 2011 but his time in the Premier League club might be reaching it’s end as the 60 year old English manager is continuously being linked with a move away from the club at the Boleyn Ground.
The managerial contract that Allardyce has with West Ham United expires at the end of the season and so far it remains uncertain if he will be offered a contract extension beyond the summer.
Marcelo Bielsa, David Moyes, Eddie Howe and Rafael Benitez are just some of the names which have been popping around as any of them are being rumored on taking up the managerial role at West Ham United if Sam Allardyce is not offered a new contract in the next few months.
Sam Allardyce himself has announced that he remains unsure as to what will happen as the English manager said: “No, I don’t know if I’m going to be here. But I don’t see any other way, that in my position, when you are contracted at a football club, you do the job that you are paid to do.”
Olympiakos will take on the Belgian club Anderlecht in a Champions League game tomorrow at Stade Constant Vanden Stock. This will be the second game for both these teams in the tournament.
Neither of these two teams has made a good start to its Champions League campaign this season. Both lost their opening games and that too by profound margins. Anderlecht was defeated by Benfica by 0-2, while, Olympiakos suffered a 1-4 defeat against the French club Paris Saint-Germain.
This is going to be the first match between these two teams in the last 39 years. The last time that they had faced each other was in the European Cup of 1974.
Anderlecht hasn’t had a great start in its domestic league either. They had won the league last season, but, they have started the new season in a rusty manner. They have suffered 3 defeats in their first 9 league matches and currently, they are at no. 4 in the points table. However, in their last game against Lierse, they had shown some good form and had secured a 2-0 win. So, they will be going into the match against Olympiakos with a bit of confidence.
On the other hand, Olympiakos has started fantastically well in its domestic league i.e. Greek Super League. They have won 5 out of their first 6 games and they are currently at the top of the points table. So, they are also a confident side at the moment.
Some vital players from both the sides will not feature in this game. The Anderlecht midfielder Ronald Vargas had gone through a knee operation in July and he has still not completely recovered from that. So, he will not give his services to his team.
A couple of Olympiakos players i.e. Paulo Machado and David Fuster will also miss out. Machado is suffering from knee injury, while, Fuster has picked up hamstring strain.