AEK Athens shocked the football community by sacking manager Miguel Cardoso after just one match. The Portuguese manager took charge of the Greek outfit only on July 1st and he lasted just under two months at the team. He signed a two-year contract with the club, but the 2-1 defeat against Xanthi produced a shock response from the team. Club president Dimitris Melissanidis announced after the game thatCardoso’s reign at the club has come to an end. It is a major disaster for the Portuguese, who lasted only a short spell at his previous role.
Cardoso started his managerial career with Shakhtar Donetsk as the assistant boss. He became the manager of Portuguese outfit Rio Ave FC and he spent almost a year with the team – managing 42 games. This happens to be the longest he has spent at a club as a manager. From here,Cardoso made the switch to French outfit Nantes, where he lasted only eight matches. Then he jumped ship to Celta de Vigo where he spent only 15 games before coming to Greek football.Cardoso was brought in as the replacement for Manolo Jimenez.
Now, KinosKostenoglou has been appointed as the new coach of the club. It is understood that AEK Athens tried to bring in Gustavo Poyet, but a refusal from the Uruguayan has led them to switch their attention towardsKostenoglou. He has been in charge of teams likeAsterasTripolis,Anorthosis, Xanthi, andAris Thessaloniki. The team has done well to recover from the defeat against Xanthi, as they have been able to beat Trabzonspor in the Europa league before getting a comeback victory overAsterasTripolis in the domestic competition. The back-to-back victories have given the team a lot of confidence before they take onLamia just after the international break.