Double-winning coach leaves under pressure

Barely a week after winning the first-division soccer championship, on the back of the Greek Cup, Serb coach Dusan Bajevic yesterday bowed to a fan hate campaign and resigned from the Olympiakos Piraeus soccer club. Bajevic, 56 – arguably the most successful coach in the history of Greek club soccer – made his move after an Olympiakos board meeting failed to reach a decision as to whether he would stay on at the team. His contract was due to expire next year, but club officials, divided on whether to keep or fire Bajevic, refused up until the end of the league matches to issue any formal support for the coach, who was heavily criticized by hardcore Olympiakos fans – as well as the team’s star Brazilian players. Critics attacked Bajevic for failing to push the team through to the second round of the prestigious European Champions League this season.

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