-- Skibbe’s Role in Maniatis’ Move to Atromitos --
Greek National Team coach Michael Skibbe played a vital role in Giannis Maniatis’ move to Atromitos earlier this month.
Giannis Maniatis made his debut with Atromitos on Saturday against Asteras Tripolis after signing with the club earlier this month. It was his first appearance in the Superleague in 387 days, since January 21, 2016 when he was subbed on in Olympiacos’ match against Xanthi.
Maniatis remained out of Olympiacos’ plans for this season and was in need of finding a new club to keep his spot in the Greek National Team. Despite having played only one match with Olympiacos this season, Michael Skibbe has called up Maniatis for all of Greece’s World Cup qualifiers with the 30-year old holding his spot in the starting lineup.
According to Goal, Skibbe told Maniatis that he not only needs to find a new team, but to sign with a club where he will be one of the most valuable assets. The advice from Skibbe convinced Maniatis to stay in Greece and sign with Atromitos, who currently sit mid-table in the Superleague standings.
Now that Maniatis will quickly re-find his form with Atromitos, his place in the National Team will be assured for next month’s qualifier against Belgium.