Greek Coaches – Takis Lemonis
Posted by katsoyan on Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I was reading some days ago that Coach Panagiotis (Takis) Lemonis is unemployed and at the same time I read somewhere else that all the three big football clubs of Athens (Olympiakos, Panathinaikos and AEK) have problems and some of them are thinking of changing their actual trainer. Furthermore, I read that Lemonis was added to the already existing list of coaches that are the most possible to take the place of Carvalhal, who is the actual coach of Asteras Tripolis and he is also not doing well. Finally, I read something that I had even myself foreseen, that the Coach of Anorthosis, Timour Ketspallia, is very well seen by all three the presidents of the Athens Football clubs.
After I read all these things, it came in my mind that last year, at the 3rd of October, Olympiakos won 1-3 in Germany against Werder Bremen and some weeks later, he won also in Rome (1-2) against Lazio, managing that way to achieve something that for 11 years was not possible.
After this introduction, I can only wonder why noone wants to hire the coach of the successes of Olympiakos? I am wondering why all the big teams prefer to do experiments rather than going for the secure and well known solution. How is it possible that the best Greek Coach (based on results) is always unemployed? Should we also recall that Lemonis was among the really few coaches who took over Olympiakos but he did not have the chance to buy the players he wanted? How is it possible that Presidents of big teams prefer unknown trainers from abroad, they follow blindly their proposals and then the teams are loaded with useless players with royal contracts? Why do we see Oscar Gonzalez play and Gkalitsios and Mendrinos barely participate to the 18 players of each game’s formation?
Personally I like many of the choices that Valverde takes, but until now we only see a team that has Ups and Downs and not a constant performance. I do not want to criticise without arguments, but I want to see olympiakos play well and win. Always. At least with its current roster, in my opinion, there is no excuse if we do not qualify to the next round of the UEFA cup and if we do not win the championship.
And finally, and recalling what the title of this post is, I would like to see Lemonis in a big Greek club. If Kokkalis has in mind to change Valverde he knows pretty well which is the choice that he should make. As long as it is still available.