By Andreas Vou
AFTER a lengthy meeting which began on Wednesday afternoon, Omonia have parted company with manager Toni Savevski, with Monday’s 2-0 defeat at the hands of arch rivals APOEL being the decisive factor.
Assistants Sofoklis Sofokleous and Christoforos Kola have also been relieved of their duties while Alex Caceres and Nenad Stavrolah temporarily take charge of the first team.
A club statement confirmed: “The Board decided that, under the circumstances, there should be an immediate change of the management team. We therefore decided to end our partnership with manager Tony Savevski and assistants Sophoklis Sofokleous and Christoforos Kola.
“After the meeting concluded, a meeting with Toni Savevski followed where the decision was announced as well as the explanation of what led us to this decision was carried out.
“A committee has already been established which will be responsible for proposing new coaches to undertake leadership of our team.
“For now, until the club hires a new coach, Alex Caceres and Nenad Stavrolah will assume responsibility of the team.”
Prior to the recent defeat against APOEL, Omonia enjoyed a 10-game unbeaten streak in league and cup, including a run of six wins without conceding a goal. However, the board became increasingly concerned with the team’s incompetence against the sides competing for the league.
After all, Omonia, who are currently sixth in the league, have only amassed one point in matches against teams above them in the table and with another derby against Anorthosis coming up at the weekend, the board aim to change that with immediate effect.
Omonia currently lie six points off AEL and Apollon at the summit of the table. They host fifth-placed Anorthosis at home on Saturday, when a win for the Nicosia club would see them leapfrog their opponents.