Maccabi Tel Aviv and Giannis Sfairopoulos parted ways after four years. The experienced Greek coach led the Israeli powerhouse to three title and one cup.
Avi Elem will serve as interim head coach. Sfairopoulos, who has coached multiple season in Pireaus leading Olympiacos to two EuroLeague Finals, sent a message to Maccabi’s fans after parting ways with the team.
“Once a Maccabist, always a Maccabist!
I want to especially thank the owners of Maccabi Tel Aviv for giving me the opportunity to coach this legendary club. I want to thank all the players that I coached over the past four seasons for their cooperation. I would also like to thank the management, the coaches, the members of the staff, and the people in the offices of Maccabi for the great working relationship we had. I only made friends in Maccabi.
Last, but not least, I want to thank each and every one of the fans of Maccabi Tel Aviv for all the love that they showed me. These moments of love will always live in a very special place in my heart.
Unfortunately, we did not perform well as of late, even though we tried to lift our team off a difficult situation. I am leaving the club that I love, knowing that I worked these past four seasons having embraced and showcased the “Maccabist Mentality” and the fighting spirit that characterizes this club. Working with a lot of respect, pride, dignity, and great professionalism.
Good luck to everybody in the club of Maccabi for the road ahead.Yalla Maccabi! Giannis”