The Cypriot media had widespread coverage earlier today, reporting that John Carver has been sacked.

Now the club have released an official statement (see below) on Thursday afternoon confirming the news.

The one-time Newcastle boss and Alan Pardew assistant lasted eight months in the job.

Former Newcastle defender Nikos Dabizas was credited with helping the appointment last June, in his role as Director of Football at the club.

The final straw is claimed to be Wednesday’s cup exit to Apollon, the Omonia fans demanding that John Carver be sacked and throwing flares and firecrackers onto the pitch, leading to the game being abandoned.

The Cyprus Mail earlier today.:

‘Omonia coach John Carver has been fired by the Nicosia giants, according to widespread media reports.

The Englishman, appointed in June 2016, was already under pressure after falling a massive 12 points behind leaders and arch-rivals Apoel in the Cyprus championship this season.

The last straw was Wednesday’s humiliating exit from the Cyprus Cup quarter-finals against Apollon, where the referee abandoned the game following crowd trouble from Greens fans, who threw firecrackers and flares onto the pitch and called for Carver’s dismissal.

More departures in Omonia’s backroom staff are expected in the coming days

Former Omonia player Akis Ioakim is expected to take charge of the team against AEL this weekend.’

Official AC Omonia Nicosia statement:

‘OMONIA announces mutual consent  solution with the coach, John Carver, the assistant coach, George Simos, the trainer, Elias Ampantzidi and goalkeeping coach, Panagiotis Agriogianni.

The decision was driven by results.

The association would like to thank them for their professionalism, dedication and diligence they have shown and wishes them every success in the continuation of their career.

Caretaker coach is Akis Ioakim.’