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By ESPN Staff

Olympiakos coach vows to deliver title

ATHENS, Feb 8 (Reuters) - New Olympiakos coach Oleg Protasov vowed on Saturday to deliver a seventh consecutive Greek league title.

'Olympiakos should be at the top, as long as I'm on the bench my aim is to keep them there,' the former Soviet international told reporters.

Ukrainian Protasov, the former assistant coach, has replaced Slovenian Srecko Katanec whose surprise sacking on Friday ended a three-month spell at the Greek champions.

A former Olympiakos and Dynamo Kiev striker, Protasov played for the Soviet team at the 1986 and 1990 World Cups. He becomes the fourth coach at the Piraeus team this season following Takis Lemonis, Yiannis Kollias and Katanec.

Olympiakos are in second place in the 16-team first division, two points behind local rivals Panathinaikos.

In a statement on Friday the club accused Katanec of undermining team morale.

'He has created a bad atmosphere in the team, which has led to the recent poor performances and his recent comments in which Mr Katanec showed scorn for the players and the club,' said the statement.

Katanec earned a reputation as a tough manager after clashing with leading player Zlatko Zahovic during his spell in charge of the Slovenian national team.

The former Sampdoria player had questioned what he called Olympiakos's obsession with winning a seventh straight title at a media briefing on Thursday.