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Olympiakos lose derby, sack coach

Greek champions Olympiakos have fired their Kosovar Albanian coach Besnik Hasi after just three-and-half months on the job, local media reported on Monday.

The Piraeus club has not made an official announcement as yet about Hasi’s departure, but media reported that he has been informed that he will not lead the team against Juventus in Wednesday’s Champions League contest in Italy.

Olympiakos have made one of their poorest starts in the Super League,five points adrift from leaders AEK Athens after five matches. Sunday saw Olympiakos go down 3-2 to AEK.

Hasi, 45, was under pressure before the derby after a 3-2 home defeat by Sporting Lisbon in the opening Champions League match as well as two league draws against Xanthi and Asteras Tripolis.

The Greek champions have not announced a replacement for the former Albanian international player, but media reported that former Greek international goalkeeper Antonis Nikopolidis may lead the team on an interim basis including the match against Juventus.

Media reported that likely candidates for the coaching position are former AEK coach Gustavo Poyet, Spaniard Aitor Karanka, former Kerkyra and Olympiakos Volos manager Javi Garcia and ex-Olympiakos mentor Takis Lemonis.

The bitter loss to AEK led to Greek international goalkeeper Stefanos Kapino to being demoted to the club’s under-20 squad, according to reports.

Kapino, 23, was at fault for at least one of the goals scored by AEK and will be replaced by Silvio Proto against Juventus.


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