Former Chelsea boss sacked after shock defeat

Former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri has been sacked as manager of Greece, following a shock defeat to the Faroe Islands.

Greece fell to a humiliating 1-0 defeat at home to the European minnows during last night’s Euro 2016 qualifier.

A statement from the Greek Football Federation said the Italian would remain in charge for Tuesday’s friendly match against Serbia before departing.

The shock result leaves Greece bottom of Group F and facing an uphill struggle to qualify for Euro 2016 in France.

The statement said that Ranieri’s departure as coach had been decided at a meeting with federation president Giorgos Sarris which had taken place “in a good climate.”

“There was no other option than to terminate the contract,” it added referring to the loss to the Faroes.

Ranieri – who was sacked as Chelsea boss in 2004 – had only taken charge of the Greek national side in July, after Portuguese coach Fernando Santos guided the Euro 2004 Champions to the last 16 of the World Cup for the first time in their history.

The federation denied a replacement for Ranieri had already been found, adding there was ‘plenty of time’ to appoint a successor, with the next round of qualifying matches not until March 2015.