Andrea Stramaccioni ends his time in Greece as the Italian manager steps down from his managerial role at Panathinaikos.
A year removed from ending Panathinaikos’s three-year absence from Europe by clinching a spot in this season’s Europa League, former Udinese tactician Andrea Stramaccioni is leaving his position as manager of the Greek club. As per La Gazzetta dello Sport, Stramaccioni and club management have come to an agreement to resolve his contract, despite the club sitting 3rd in the Super League table, two points behind 2nd-placed PAS Giannina and with only losing twice in the opening 9 games.
GdS believes one of the main reasons for his departure is the tough environment in which he has to work in, mainly caused by the episodes of violence that has plagued Greek football for many years. Panathinaikos have since released an official statement on the situation:
Despite the persistent efforts of the manager and the President, who have tried to build a good squad with ambitious prospects, a series of negative external factors has brought forth a situation which is out of our control. After a long conversation, with the decision of the President to protect the group from dangerous developments unrelated to football, Andrea Stramaccioni has resigned as manager of the first-team.