European Qualifiers: Claudio Ranieri sacked after Greece lose to Faroe Islands

Image: Claudio Ranieri loses his job at Greece

Claudio Ranieri has been sacked as coach of Greece, just a few hours after losing to the Faroe Islands in a European Championship qualifier.

The 63-year-old Italian was told the news on Saturday morning following their 1-0 home defeat in Group F.

The 2004 champions are bottom of the table with just a single point from four matches and appear unlikely to reach the 2016 Finals in France.

However, Ranieri will remain in charge until after Tuesday’s friendly international against Serbia.

A statement from the Greece Federation read: "There was no other option than to terminate the contract."

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Federation President Giorgos Sarris said in the statement: "Following the devastating result for the national team, I take full responsibility for the unfortunate choice of the manager.”        

The federation deny that a successor has already been found, with Greece not playing another competitive fixture until they take on Hungary in March next year.

Speaking after the loss to the Faroes, Ranieri said: "I have no words to explain what happened.

"We all wanted to record our first victory in the group. But the Faroes deserved to win as they created more chances to score. Only hard work can get us out of this situation.

"When the qualifiers started nobody believed we would find ourselves in this situation. We were wrong in believing that was a straightforward group for us.

"All defeats hurt equally but we are last in our group because that is what we deserve.”

Ranieri only took over as head coach in July, following Greece's trip to the World Cup finals in Brazil where they reached the knock-out stages.

Despite no official confirmation of Ranieri’s sacking from the Greek football federation, national youth team coach Kostas Tsanas has been named as interim coach of the senior national team for the immediate future.

An additional statement confirmed: "The Hellenic Football Federation announces that the role of interim coach for the friendly match with Serbia will be Kostas Tsanas and Nektarios Pantazis.”

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