Greek club Olympiakos has sacked their coach Paulo Bento after the club suffered a third straight defeat in the Greek league.
However, the club still leads the table by seven points.
Paulo Bento took charge of the team seven months ago when he replaced Victor Sanchez who only managed to coach the team for two games only. Indeed Olympiakos was eliminated from the Champions League qualification stage.
Paulo Bento is the former Portugal coach and managed his national side at the 2014 World Cup. So far Olympiakos has lost only four games out of 23 matches, but for the Olympiakos board, this is simply unacceptable.
Indeed Olympiakos has won the Greek League 15 times since 2000 and the only objective of the Greek side are to become Champion. They feel that if Bento stays at the head of the team, they will be caught by the likes of Panionios who have one game in hand.
GiorgiosKaragounis has played an important role for the Greece national side as he made over 130 appearances for the national side which is more than any other player in the history of Greece.
The retired player was part of the Greece squad that won the 2004 Euro’s and it’s hard to deny the fact that Karagounis used to be one of the main figureheads and leaders of the national team during his playing career as he was the captain of Greece for a period of time.
Greece was eliminated from the 2014 World Cup on June 29 as they faced off with Costa Rica and lost in the penalty-kicks, after this match was over GiorgiosKaragounis decided to retire from performing at the international stage.
Following his retirement from Greece, Karagounis opted to become the national team director of his country but the retired performer had his contract terminated after a string of disastrous results during Greece’s journey through the 2016 Euro’s qualifiers.
Sergio Markarian was the coach of Greece but he was fired from his position during the same time that GiorgosKaragounis was also dismissed from his director role and it’s reported that both of them had ongoing issues and this was one of the main problems that led to Greece going through a string of negative results and ultimately the removal from both figures from their position in the national side.
Fernando Santos guided the Greek national football team to the Round of 16 which was the furthest that the squad had reached in their history. Greece faced off with Costa Rica and ultimately lost on a penalty shoot-out.
Despite having made it so far, the contract of Santos expired the next day of his team’s elimination and no contract extension was made as he was released from his position in the team.