AEK Athens dismiss coach Manolo Jimenez

The Greek outfit have confirmed the departure of the 47-year-old after recent poor performances, but severance pay disagreements threatened to delay the sacking

AEK Athens have announced that they have relieved coach Manolo Jimenez of his duties, after both parties finally reached an agreement on severance pay.

The former Sevilla coach was sacked after his side suffered a 2-1 home reverse to Sturm Graz in the Europa League last Thursday, but Jimenez's initial compensation demands appeared to be beyond the Greek side's means.

However, following crunch talks, which lasted  for almost 10 hours, AEK have finally agreed on a payout, allowing them to step up their search for a successor.

"Manolo will always be part of the history of our club having won us the Greek Cup for the first time in many years," a statement on AEK's website reads.

Jimenez was initially a success at the Olympic Stadium, lifting the Greek Cup in May, but despite winning three of their four league games so far this season, they have made a losing start in European competition, leading to his departure.

Reports in Greece have since suggested that ex-player and coach Nikos Kostenoglou is the favourite to claim the AEK hot seat.