Seven points clear & sacked - is this 2016-17's harshest dismissal?

Paulo Bento led Portugal to the 2014 World Cup where they failed to progress from the group stages

Is this the harshest sacking in football this season?

Greek side Olympiakos have dismissed former Portugal coach Paulo Bento, despite leading the Superleague by seven points.

Bento's sacking after seven months in the job, came after Olympiakos' third straight league defeat on Sunday opened the door for second-placed Panionios, who have a game in hand.

The 47-year-old, who led his country at the 2014 World Cup, have lost four out of 23 league matches since Bento took over in August.

But winning the league is what is expected at Oympiakos - they have been champions in all but two seasons since 2000.

Bento leaves a team still in the hunt for three trophies. They have a last-16 tie against Turkish side Besiktas in the Europa League and are also in the Greek Cup semi-finals.


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