Football: AEK fire German coach Lienen

German coach Ewald Lienen was fired by AEK Athens on Tuesday as the financially-troubled giants struggle to stay in the Greek Super League.

The 59-year-old coach was appointed early in the season but lost his job following a 2-0 loss at PAS Giannina on Monday, with a club spokesperson confirming the departure.

It is not yet clear who will replace him in the dugout.

AEK have won just one of their last seven games and lie in 12th place, just one point clear of the relegation zone with only two games remaining.

Former Borussia Moenchengladbach player Lienen is well known in Greece having previously coached Panionios and Olympiakos.

As well as dealing with major financial problems, AEK made headlines recently when midfielder Giorgos Katidis was banned from representing Greece for life after giving a Nazi-salute goal celebration after scoring a goal in a 2-1 win against Veria.