While speaking with sport24.gr, EPO President George Girtzikis said that both he and EPO’s board of directors do not want Markarian to leave.
Markarian expressed his gratitude for the opportunity he was given to coach the team.
“I apologize to all the Greek fans because our results were not so good. Now I am making a difficult decision. I am ending my relationship with the National Team. I thank the players, the people, EPO and my colleagues in the federation as well as the media for the respect they showed toward me,” he said in his official statement.
Markarian succeeded Claudio Ranieri as head coach in February. Greece has played two official games since then with under-performing displays. In March, Greece drew with Hungary and in June, the Greek team lost to Faroe Islands.
Girtzikis said that the two games are not enough to judge Markarian’s work as a failure.
Markarian’s response to EPO’s rejection remains to be seen.