The decision that made all Olympiacos fans happy has been made. Manager Anastasiou will remain at Panathinaikos. In other circumstances, they could have celebrated it in squares and ports but the championship doesn't depend on Anastasiou's stay ... or Bielsa. Only at Panathinaikos you can find people that believe realistically that they can win the title. They've been saying that for a long time. Not now.
You could easily see all the explosives the kamikazi-referee Pappas had been belted with. Pappas didn't have to manipulate the result. He sent a message with his calls. But some people like to hope. To hope that there will be politicians able to change condition in Greece and rip the Memorandum, save Greek Football from the criminal organizations and Panathinaikos will win the title. Give hope to the people and take their mind. The vote, the ticket etc.
Alafouzos decided not to play a game on fans' hopes. Ηe took over and he will go on with his decision. At the end of the season, if Anastasiou has remained, he will be the man to be credited the failure or the success. Personally, I believe that Anastasiou came out of the frame of responsibilities.
Panathinaikos president made a decision that shows bravery and stubbornness. Or stubbornness and bravery. He ignored the whole world, all the partners, and behaved in a business manner. Without thymic and feelings, he made a decision with his own criteria. He believes that replacing the manager will only have temporary results and will upset the long term plan upon which they built Panathinaikos.
But teams are based on emotion too. The fans are conducted and reported based on that. Τhey can support without limits, as they did three years ago at the beginning of the reorganization plan by applauding defeats even by Panionios but can enter the pitch as they did against Qabala. Clubs have become companies and decisions are not taken by how to satisfy public sentiment.
But now we face a team that every time they concede a goal, they will be boiling cauldron. Nobody has the right to make a mistake. The atmosphere will hardly relieve. Even if they manage to win consecutively Levadiakos and Platanias next week at Leoforos.
All this does not invalidate Anastasiou's offer. It is undeniable. Took over a dissolved club and built a team that played arguably the best football. Highlighted players and showed a different path.
All these are valid for Alafouzos ten times more and his offer is not questioned even if he made a mistake with Anastasiou. Panathinaikos was saved from going bankrupt, The club took the path of consolidation, won the Cup and took a leading role in revealing the criminal organization.
If they look back, they risk crashing the rock that lies ahead. It is unfair at this time to judge Anastasiou game by game. It is even more unfair, based on all the foregoing, to be booed in every home game and feel uncertain on the bench.The last thing that is to blame for Panathinaikos is the game plan or the use of the players.
The fact is that Anastasiou shows that he cannot inspire his players. He is not suddenly a bad manager. Just the glass has been cracked. And if the relationship with the players is strictly bussiness that will be put like dust under the carpet, the relationship with the fans is strictly emotional. This seems that it can not be restored.
Therefore, from now on Alafouzos will be judged. He acted like he's president at ... Liverpool (who has given everything to Rogers and he eats wallop without being dismissed) and not in Greek team.
During the spring Anastasiou signed his contract extension and a dismissal from the third matchday would mean admitting his error. Is ti preferable to function selfishly or admit your mistake? The answer can be given today. What can be answered is that any outcome of the season will have Alafouzos's signature.
The best scenario is to be competitive until the end and to lose it in ... an instant of time. Worse, for his own project, is to understand the mistake when the bird will have already flied...