Olympiakos Volou announced on February 21 that it would be ending its collaboration with successful coach Sakis Tsiolis.
In a statement that contained a hint of sarcasm, the Volos club announced that Tsiolis was leaving, and wished him ”that for the rest of his career he gets to work in a bigger club than Olympiakos Volou and under better conditions.”
The statement came after Tsiolis expressed his wishes to rival Thessaly club Larissa (Tsiolis won the 1988 league title with Larissa as a player) a week earlier, after his side beat them 2-1 away, that it would avoid relegation. The statement from Olympiakos Volou, meanwhile, which came a couple of days later, wished for the opposite.
The last straw in the relationship between controversial Olympiakos Volou owner Achilleas Beos and Tsiolis was said to be when Beos allegedly slapped player Vicente Monje on the face in the dressing room on Sunday after the 1-1 draw at home with Iraklis.
“That’s it, I’m off,” Tsiolis reportedly said upon witnessing the incident.
The divorce between Olympiakos Volou and the manager who took the club from the second division and brought it to the seventh spot of the Super League as well as to the semifinals of the Greek Cup this season has divided the club’s fans.
What is more, the repercussions of the Olympiakos vs Panathinaikos derby were also felt at Volos, where the city was filled with flyers on Monday urging Beos to leave Volos as ”you cannot turn the club into an affiliate to [Vangelis] Marinakis,” in a reference to the owner of Olympiakos.
Reports have suggested that Beos and Marinakis see eye-to-eye on many issues.