AEK sacks German coach Lienen

AEK decided on Tuesday to dismiss German manager Ewald Lienen and to try and find a successor to steer the popular Athens club out of relegation trouble in the two remaining rounds of games in the Super League.

The club’s governing board convened on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the German’s position in the club after his behavior during and after the team’s 2-0 loss at PAS Giannina on Monday, and decided to sack him immediately.

Lienen had furiously attacked his players at half-time and after the game at Ioannina, rendering himself a persona-non-grata in the AEK locker room.

The German, formerly of Panionios and Olympiakos, had been drafted in to replace Vangelis Vlachos in mid-season.

Among his possible successors are Nikos Costenoglou, Traianos Dellas, Stelios Manolas and Daniel Batista, all former AEK players but with a varying degree of coaching experience.