Final Two Qualifiers To Determine Skibbe’s Future
Greece will be fighting for their World Cup lives over the next few days with their final two group qualifiers against Cyprus and Gibraltar. Also in a battle for survival is none other than national team boss Michael Skibbe.
The Greek Football Federation (EPO) is said to be watching the team’s final two qualifiers very closely as they prepare to make a decision on whether they intend to offer the German manager a new contract or not. Skibbe’s current deal runs until the end of this qualifying cycle.
Reports suggest that the 52-year-old is keen to stay on as head coach of Greece regardless of whether Greece end up making the World Cup or not. Whether he is kept on does not only hinge on World Cup qualification as the team’s form in the next two matches will also be weighed.
Skibbe has overseen a largely successful qualifying run from the point of view of getting the team back on track after a disastrous EURO 2016 qualifying campaign. He is credited with some of this turn around, however his detractors have grown in recent months. Many observers and supporters have pointed the finger at the former Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund boss claiming that his team selection and tactics have led to poor results such as the 0-0 home draw with Estonia at the end of August.
If Greece end up clinching 2nd place in Group H then surely Skibbe will be in a position of strength, however should Greece remain in 3rd and miss out on Russia next summer, there is the possibility that Skibbe could be on his way. Certainly, these final two qualifiers will reveal a lot about the future of Greece’s manager.