first_imgATHENS – After two years as coach, Spaniard Michel Gonzalez has been fired by the Olympiakos soccer team after failing to advance in the Champions League.The perennial powerhouse has also been struggling in the weak Greek league, where it has dominated with Panathiniakos for decades with most other teams along for the ride and rarely challenging the duo.That led owner Vangelis Marinakis, who in the past had been caught up in scandals involving the league, to dump his coach.“Olympiakos is announcing the end of its cooperation with manager Michel Gonzalez. The entire family of Olympiakos thanks Michel for his contribution to the club and wishes him every success in his career,” read the Olympiakos statement.Media reports said the former Sevilla manager had lost control of the locker room and battled with Dutch player Ibrahim Afellay.Coupled with losses to Atromitos and PAOK and overall poor play led to Michel’s days being numbered before he was fired, and a close win over the lowly Platanias sealed his fate.Reports say the next Olympiakos coach will also be a foreigner.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img