Pedro Martins’ adventure at Olympiakos was lasting and translated into sporting results, but the end of his relationship with the Greeks happened abruptly. The Portuguese coach could not resist the rout and elimination in the second qualifying round of the Champions League and is leaving the Athens emblem. The successor has already been announced, however, the departure of the Portuguese was only officially communicated later.
After four seasons – the fifth was now starting – Pedro Martins totaled 219 games, something never seen in the Hellenic club. As the longest-serving coach at Olympiakos, the Portuguese was also the protagonist of a paradigm shift: between January 2015 and June 2018, Olympiakos had 12 coaches and five of them did not last more than three months.
Pedro Martins leaves Thrylos with four titles (three championships and one Cup) in four seasons, in addition to being elected the best coach in Greece in two consecutive seasons (2019/2020 and 2020/2021).
When he arrived at the club in 2018/19, Olympiakos had lost their hegemony in Greek football, breaking a cycle of seven consecutive titles. For the rest, the 52-year-old coach won a third championship, becoming only the second to achieve such a feat at the club – alongside Dusan Bajevic.
By way of comparison, Pedro Martins was also the Portuguese coach who won the most games in 2021: there were 43 triumphs, against 37 for Abel Ferreira at Palmeiras and 29 for José Mourinho, between Tottenham and Roma.