Embattled Greek Soccer Cleans House

first_imgATHENS – Starting over in soccer, Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) officials fired national team manager Sergio Markarian and director Giorgos Karagounis.Also dumped were managerial assistants Roland Marcenaro and Nikos Costenoglou, as the EPO tries to re-assemble the team after disastrous losses bumped the former European champions from the 2016 tourney in France.as well as national team director Giorgos Karagounis, in a decision sweeping across the national team set-up after the elimination of the Euro 2004 champion from the Euro 2016 finals in France.EPO also announced that Under-21 coach Costas Tsanas is taking over at the men’s team until further notice, as Greece will still have to play four games in the Euro 2016 qualifiers, starting on September 4 against Finland in Greece, Kathimerini reported.The search for new team leaders is underway in hopes that Greece will be able to make the 2018 World Cup after a tough year during which it lost twice to the lowly Faroe Islands.While the departures of Markarian, Marcenaro and Costenoglou are taking place by mutual consent, according to EPO, the departure of Karagounis was done unilaterally for “a significant reason” that wasn’t specified.The EPO said it also will try to get the return of some of the severance pay given to former Greece manager Claudio Ranieri because he’s now working for another team, Leicester City.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

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