The Mitchell era has officially begun, with the Spanish coach being presented by Olympiakos and making his first statements at a press conference.
After 7.5 years o Mitchell officially returned to Olympic in order to succeed Carlos Corberan on the “red and white” bench.
The 59-year-old technician gave his first press conference as coach of Piraeus, where the team’s new technical director, Jose Anigo, and Cristiano Karebbe, Yiannis Vrentzos, Avraam Papadopoulos attended. The presentation was made by the president of PAE, Vangelis Marinakis, who had spoken earlier.
He said in detail: «Right now it turns out I’ve left a lot of friends. I wish we could relive those moments. I know that I have a huge responsibility, whoever wears the Olympiakos shirt must know that what is written on the front of the shirt is more important than what is written on the back. To make the present the way we want it to be again, this can only be done with humility and hard work. We know that we have lived many beautiful moments and we achieved this with hard work, with responsibility. There is one thing that I really like, that the president has given all the responsibility to him. Thank you but we should stop talking and start working»
About how the contacts were made and how many he will work with: «It was evening when the contacts were made. I asked what time is training on Tuesday, I tell you this so you can understand how much desire there was for me to come and there was contact in the past. The number of players is a problem and a disadvantage for everyone. That is why I have asked the president not to have more than 24 footballers apart from the goalkeepers. It has seemed right to everyone and an opportunity for players to participate. I know it’s not easy but it will happen»
What should change?: «I know it’s a difficult phase. We have the ability and good footballers. Let’s get the nervousness out. We know the difficulties from the results and that could make us pessimistic. But we are realistic. We know the players and the skills and we can turn that into a good performance. We have something that others don’t have. The continuous support of our friends. They don’t just want the team to win, they also want to see it well»
What is the first thing he wants to change?: «The obvious. We will help raise their self-confidence. There is something that is non-negotiable. We want to win and we have good players to achieve that. If they recognize their value and quality, the results will come. They don’t have to believe in the coach but in themselves and I will do that”
To achieve what he failed to do the other time: “I have really remembered the passage from Olympiakos and that’s why I continued to follow the team. More than the results, what made me happy here was the psychology, the atmosphere in the team. I think that this time we will be like in my first Olympiakos and even better. I see even better players and I believe they will understand this too”