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first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares ATHENS – Greece’s falling soccer fortunes took another hit when German coach Bernd Schuster said he wouldn’t take the national team post after a verbal deal fell apart.With Greece failing to make the European championship tourney it won in 2004, the Hellenic Soccer Federation (EPO) is looking to resurrect the program after going through two coaches this year.Schuster, who has coached Real Madrid and most recently Malaga, was set to succeed Uruguayan Sergio Markarian and lead Greece’s 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign but the deal fell through over a last-minute hitch, Reuters said.“EPO announced that it 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,” said a brief EPO statement.“Mr. Schuster was asked a while ago to sign a preliminary agreement on the terms that had been clarified in detail and fully agreed. However, on his own initiative and without any prior notice he demanded to change them.“These new requirements suddenly asked by Mr. Schuster were not accepted by EPO and (President] Mr (Giorgos) Gkirtzikis has been authorized by the members of the Executive Committee to continue negotiations with other prospective coaches.”Local media said the dispute was over Schuster’s assistant, as he reportedly didn’t want to work with interim coach Kostas Tsanas, who coaches the under-21 side.Former national team coach Markarian and director of soccer Giorgos Karagounis were let go on Aug. 27.Markarian took over in February from Italian Claudio Ranieri who was sacked after Greece got off to a miserable start in Euro 2016 qualifying, including a humiliating home defeat by the Faroe Islands which then beat the Greeks again to put them at the bottom of the group and out of competition.last_img read more