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Thursday, 9 August, 2001, 15:36 GMT 16:36 UK
Greeks go with Rehhagel
Otto Rehhagal gestures during a Kaiserslautern game
Otto Rehhagal has plenty of European experience
German Otto Rehhagel has been appointed the new manager of Greece.

Former England boss Terry Venables had been one of the contenders for the vacancy before pulling out of an interview.

That would have pitted Venables against England in a crucial World Cup qualifier qualifier at Newcastle on 6 October.

But Rehhagel, a former Kaiserslautern and Werder Bremen coach, was given the unanimous backing of all 12 members of the Greek Football Association, according to reports.

The 63-year-old was one of five European candidates considered to help turn the ailing fortunes of the struggling national side around.

Venables, Spanish coach Javier Clemente, Italian Nevio Scala and former Inter Milan coach Marco Tardelli were the other four men in contention.

Special bonus

Venables had pulled out of an interview with Greek officials in Athens earlier this week after reports of his interest in the position were leaked.

Rehhagel will take over from Vassilis Daniil, who resigned after a series of poor results which have virtually ruled out Greece's prospects of qualifying for the 2002 World Cup in Japan and Korea.

However, Rehhagel will receive a special bonus if he guides Greece to qualification for the European Championships in Portugal in 2004.

His first task will be watching Greece, who will have former goalkeeper Nikos Christidis in temporary charge, take on Russia in a friendly on 15 August.

See also:

06 Aug 01 |  World Cup 2002
Venables pulls out of Greece talks
06 Oct 00 |  Europe
Brehme succeeds 'King Otto'
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