Sokratis in danger of national team ostracization
After the two dreadful UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers in June, the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) is continuing to search for a replacement for Angelos Anastasiadis, but outspoken defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos could be ostracized from the team.
Following the loss to Armenia at the Olympic Stadium, Papastathopoulos called for immediate changes to be made to the Greek national team set-up, and he allegedly requested for Anastasiadis to be removed from his role of head coach when speaking to EPO president, Evangelos Grammenos. Kostas Manolas had accompanied Papastathopoulos.
According to gazzetta.gr, the EPO will go ahead with replacing Anastasiadis, with his assistants - including 2004 European champion Angelos Basinas - also set to lose their jobs. The EPO is lining up both Greek and foreign candidates in regards to Anastasiadis’ replacement.
However, Papastathopoulos could also be ostracized from the Greek national team. The EPO didn’t like the way he spoke out after the defeat against Armenia, and at this moment in time, it seems likely he will be left out of the squad for September’s matches with Finland and Liechtenstein. The EPO wants to make a statement that no one is above the administration.
Anastasiadis’ successor, whoever that may be, will have the final say on whether Papastathopoulos is to remain in the Ethniki.