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Olympiacos sack ladder-leading coach

Press Association logoPress Association 6/03/2017

Greek Superleague leaders Olympiacos have sacked head coach Paulo Bento following Sunday's 2-0 defeat to PAOK Salonika.

Despite holding a six-point lead at the top of the table, the Greek champions, who won the title for a sixth successive campaign last season, have dispensed with the services of former Portugal coach Bento.

Having joined the club in August 2016 he oversaw 25 wins in his 37 games in charge, but left after three successive league defeats which saw his side fail to score.

Olympiacos, who face Turkish side Besiktas in a Europa League last-16 first-leg tie at home on Thursday, said in a statement on the club's official website: "PAE Olympiakos announces the termination of its co-operation with Paulo Bento."

Academy coach Vasilis Vouzas has taken over first-team duties until a new head coach is appointed.

During four seasons in charge of Sporting Lisbon between 2005 and 2009 the former midfielder took the side to Champions League qualification before being appointed Portugal coach, leading the national team to the Euro 2012 semi-finals in Poland and Ukraine where they were beaten on penalties by eventual champions Spain.

Portugal qualified for the 2014 World Cup finals following a play-off win over Sweden, but after going out at the group stages, Bento was sacked.

He had a short spell in Brazil managing Cruzeiro before moving to Greece last summer to take over at Olympiacos.

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