Olympiakos coach Bartzokas quits

Olympiakos coach Giorgos Bartzokas reportedly tendered his resignation on Friday in the aftermath of the Cup loss to Panathinaikos on Thursday. He will be temporarily replaced by his assistant, Milan Tomic.

Bartzokas, who led Olympiakos to a Euroleague triumph in 2013 but failed to win any domestic titles, felt compelled to quit after pressure on him grew too heavy by the fans and the press following the unexpected loss to a depleted Panathinaikos in a game played behind closed doors.

After Thursday’s quarterfinal between 100 and 150 fans gathered outside Olympiakos’s home Peace and Friendship stadium and called on Bartzokas to go.

Reports in the Greek media have Serbia and Greece coaches, Alexander Djordjevic and Fotis Katsikaris, as frontrunners for Bartzokas’s post.

Olympiakos forward Giorgos Printezis will undergo a knee operation and will be out of action for the next month.