Skibbe wants to stay, EPO waiting for playoffs

Skibbe wants to stay, EPO waiting for playoffs

Michael Skibbe has expressed his desire to remain in charge of the Greek National Team, however the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) will wait until after the playoffs to make their final decision.

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Two years have passed since Michael Skibbe took over the Greek National Team back in October 2015. The German boss had 10 months to prepare before the start of World Cup qualifying with hopes of putting behind Greece’s Euro 2016 qualifying nightmare. Fast forward to today, and the 52-year old boss has led Greece to a second place finish in Group H of World Cup qualifying, ahead of Bosnia and runner-up to Belgium, earning the Ethniki a place in November’s European playoffs.

There is no doubt that Skibbe has done an extraordinary job to turn things around after the tragic 2014-2015 period and many consider the German manager a success to date. Skibbe’s contract expires in November and if Greece qualify for the World Cup Finals via the playoffs, his contract will automatically be extended through next summer and he will receive a nice bonus of 500,000 Euros. 

However, in any other case, Skibbe has expressed his desire to remain in charge of Greece’s national team after this qualifying campaign. The Hellenic Football Federation are not opposed to this option, however a final decision has not been made and won't be until after the November playoffs.

Skibbe has been criticised of late for his squad selections and tactics in recent matches, including fixtures at home to Estonia, away to Cyprus, and even against Gibraltar where he started the match with two defensive midfielders. Nonetheless, he has the full support of the federation and if Greece fail to qualify for the World Cup, he could very well remain the Greek boss for the new UEFA Nations League and EURO 2020 qualifiers.

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