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Euro 2016: Markarian's resignation not accepted by Greece chief

By Staff Reporter

The bizarre tale of managerial exits among Northern Ireland's Euro 2016 qualifying opponents has taken another twist.

Just 24 hours after Hungary appointed German Bernd Stock as their third manager of the campaign, Sergio Markarian has tendered his resignation as Greece boss.

The 70-year-old, however, could still be in charge when the Greeks take on Finland and Romania in September.

Greek FA President George Gkirtzikis said: "I have not accepted Markarian's resignation, I continue to believe in him and trust him."

Markarian was appointed late last year after Claudio Ranieri was sacked following defeats to Romania, Northern Ireland and the Faroe Islands in their opening Euro 2016 qualifying games.

Things didn't fare much better under Markarian, who oversaw a scoreless draw away to Hungary followed by another loss against the Faroe Islands.

"I apologise to the Greek fans because the results in our matches were not as good as we had hoped," said Markarian.

Romania replaced their manager early in the campaign and Mixu Paatelainen resigned as manager of Finland after losing to Hungary last month.

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