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Bernd Schuster leaves Greece in disarray as he rejects management offer

By Steven Beacom

Former Barcelona and Real Madrid star Bernd Schuster has left Windsor Park-bound Greece in disarray after rejecting the chance to manage them.

Greek officials will arrive in Belfast next week for the crucial Euro 2016 clash with Northern Ireland fuming with Schuster's decision to back out of a verbal agreement to take over the post.

And the Greek players will fly in wondering what on earth is going on with their team ahead of the game, which if won by Northern Ireland will see Michael O'Neill's men qualify for next year's finals in France.

The ex-German midfielder, who has previously managed Real Madrid and Malaga, was primed to become the Greece boss for the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign, but it is understood he opted against it because he did not want current caretaker manager Kostas Tsanas as his assistant.

Not exactly the confidence boost Tsanas would have wanted before facing Northern Ireland next Thursday.

A statement from the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) said: "EPO has restarted its search for a coach of the national team after a change of attitude from Mr Schuster relating to a verbal agreement with the federation."

Greece, who are bottom of Group F without a win, are on their third manager in this campaign with Claudio Ranieri, now at Leicester, and Uruguayan Sergio Markarian previously in charge.

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