Brugge coach eyed for job

Struggling Panathinaikos, which just days ago announced it would terminate the contract of its Czech coach Zdenek Scasny, is focusing its efforts on hiring Norwegian Trond Sollied, coach of Belgium’s runaway leader Brugge, reports said yesterday. Sollied, the reports said, was in Athens yesterday negotiating with Panathinaikos. The Norwegian’s contract with Brugge expires in June, 2006. He began coaching in Norway in 1991 where he enjoyed considerable success with two clubs, Bodo/Glimt and Rosenborg, before moving to Belgium in 1998 to coach KAA Gent for two years. He then moved on to Brugge, where he has led the club to a league title and two cup triumphs. Last week’s third-round exit from the Greek Cup prompted Panathinaikos to end the contract of coach Scasny, who had signed just four months earlier. The Athens club lies third in the Greek standings, seven points behind archrival and front runner Olympiakos.