EPO reportedly take decision to sack Skibbe
In the past week, contrasting rumours have created different scenarios for the future of Michael Skibbe, but reports are now suggesting the 53-year old German will be sacked from the Greek national team.
Time seems to be up for Michael Skibbe. Ever since the Greek national team lost 0:2 to Finland in the UEFA Nations League, his future has been the hot topic of conversation, with the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) supposedly willing to give him one more chance for the final two matches in the competition. However, at a recent private meeting, EPO president Evangelos Grammenos informed Skibbe that the head coach has to be changed after the Ethniki Omada’s poor performances.
During their meeting, Grammenos and Skibbe failed to reach a compromise concerning the latter’s compensation, however this will be discussed at the EPO’s Board of Directors gathering on Thursday. Skibbe earns approximately 550,000 euros a year at the helm of the Greek national team and his current contract only expires in November 2019. Nevertheless, Grammenos appears to have made his final decision and it’s expected that a Greek citizen (Angelos Anastasiadis is the main candidate) will be handed the job as the next Ethniki boss.
In a statement, the EPO did not commit either way on the Skibbe issue: “The federation will discuss the Michael Skibbe matter with the Board of Directors. Until then, no further comments on the national team or coach will be made.”
In the event that no replacement for Skibbe is appointed before the two Nations League fixtures against Finland and Estonia in November, assistant coach Kostas Tsanas will temporarily take the reins.
by Shaun Nicolaides
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