Claudio Ranieri has left his post as Greece coach following the 1-0 home loss to the Faroe Islands on Friday.
Ranieri only took over in July, but after three home defeats his team lie bottom of UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group F with just a single point. The Italian's departure was announced by the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) at midnight on Saturday.
"Claudio Ranieri and his collaborators are on a leave of absence until the end of 2014. Mr. Kostas Tsanas will be the interim coach for Greece's friendly encounter against Serbia on Tuesday."
The sombre tone of the press Greek today was established last night as the TV transmission from the stadium ended with something akin to a eulogy from top commentator and national team expert Alexis Spyropoulos: "It sounds incredible, but it is true - Greece 0-1 Faroe Islands. The team that once was will live in our memories!"
He was, of course, referring to the national team that won UEFA EURO 2004 and has been very consistent ever since, missing just one major tournament since. A national team that reached the last 16 stage of the World Cup this summer ...
The mournful mood after a third consecutive home defeat is echoed in today's Fos ton Spor, Spor tou Vorra and Protathlitis. They all state the obvious: "National shame!"
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