Olympiakos decided to part company with Victor Sanchez after the unexpected elimination in the third qualifying Champions League round at the hands of Hapoel Beer Sheva. Olympiakos moved swiftly to find his replacement as they are set to announce Paulo Bento as their new manager having axed Victor Sanchez who just lasted one month and a half in his post.
Sanchez spoke to the Spanish radio station, Cadena SER over his sacking at Olympiakos, criticising the acts of Olympiakos board for the mistakes that have been made during this summer.
In an amazing statement, Victor Sanchez revealed for the first time that Vaggelis Marinakis is behind the board at Nottingham Forest, as he claimed that the Greek owner was the one who decided to block his hiring at the Tricky Trees by appointing him as Olympiakos manager after the departure of Marco Silva from the Greek club.
“I had agreed to take over at Nottingham Forest where Olympiakos president has invested, but after the unexpected managerial change at Olympiakos, the board was left in a very difficult position. The club had to play in the third qualifying round of the Champions League and a crisis broke up just before these important games. So I was hired as Olympiakos manager at a time when I was ready to go to Forest. The president is the same between these clubs and due to our good relations from my first spell at Olympiakos he asked us to change direction as he though this was the best solution. I knew the club and the time wasn't long before the first game in Europe. So, we accepted and we went to Olympiakos in order to help in the best possible way,” Sanchez underlined.
The Spanish manager also added that the dreadful preparation by the Olympiakos's board was a key factor for the way the things turned from bad to worse later.
“We took over in a very tough time as the previous manager left at the start of the pre-season. Apparently they didn't bring him the players he asked in the summer window. So as long as we started the atmosphere within the club wasn't the best. We mentioned the bad planning at this time but we wanted to stand on our toes for the Champions League games despite the existing problems. We tried to reinforce the squad but the negotiations did not go through. We were close to complete two signings and a day before announcing the European list to UEFA the transfers collapsed. So, we were knocked off by Hapoel and then we could not turn the situation around,” Sanchez said.