Greece are mulling at the possibility of offering Sergio Markarian a role as the national team manager. The 70-year-old recently left his job as the national team manager of Peru. He has been appointed after the recommendation from former Fulham midfielderGiorgosKaragounis, who is now the current technical director of the Greek national team.
Claudio Ranieri recently departed the Greek team after a run of poor results since his appointment just after the World Cup. The Greek FA were aware that the next appointment was going to be extremely important. Hence, the task of finding a suitable replacement was given toKaragounis.
Karagounis played underMarkarian when the latter was the manager at Panathinaikos FC. Despite being a South American,Markarian is expected to lead the Greece national team with a lot of passion.
The Uruguayan has signed a contract that will take him until the end of Euro 2016. Qualifying for the Euro 2016 in France will be the priority number one for Greece at the moment. Their poor start to the qualification under Claudio Ranieri sees them lying bottom of the table with just one point from the four matches. The nearest qualification position is at least six points away and Greece must win their next match against Hungary at all costs.
“Being given the responsibility of coaching the Greece national team is a great honour for me. I would like to thank the federation for choosing me. We have a tough task ahead, but I believe in my ability and in the potential of Greek football. We will all do our best to achieve our aims, starting with our upcoming encounter in Hungary,” said the new manager of Greece. A defeat against Hungary will probably signal the end of Euro 2016 qualifying hopes. Hungary currently occupy the final qualification spot.