The first part of the interview was just an appetizer. You will come to that conclusion yourselves reading what Savvidis stated to SDNA.
Savvidis reveals what he and Platini talked about, he answers for the so called Olympiakos investments and surprises when he brought up the 3 points penalty against Panathinaikos after last year’s derby in flamboyant fashion.
In this part of the interview PAOK’s Boss, becomes the first person in the Greek Football to show the exit door to nova as a result of the attitude against corruption.
And just before the talk went into deep waters regarding PAOK, he analyzing his thoughts of creating the new Toumba.
Every answer will trigger multiple discussions….
Enjoy the second part, which isn’t the last one… There are statements to be made that will cause mayhem in the 3rd and last part in the huge Savvidis’ interview.
Do you consider thought in the years you have been here Olympiakos has a better team?
No. Receiving so much money from the Champions League they could have invested so much more in the Greek football. There is no Greek football anymore and that means low income.
What exactly do you mean?
Professional football can't grow without money and descend management. We played against Dortmund whose budget is 10 times greater than ours. Olympiakos against Bayern whose budget is 15 times greater. Those are businesses right? Load of money have been invested in football. Why do we accept but this is business and from the other side we ignore the rules of business? He who invests money in football is an investor. The government is obliged to protect the investor enough stealing money by saying this things happen in football. I am convinced the football should be included into a protection of investments in Greece.
In this frame of investments you are making do you by any chance think to build a new football ground PAOK?
I am prepared to do it. When I come to tuba it feels like PAOK's home. Is there where PAOK heart is beating the where the heart off Constantinople beats. There is only one dilemma. I will build a new ground with my own money but I cannot allow myself the think that this house will be mine and not PAOK's. And that's exactly what needs to be done for the specific restart.
There is a greater need for better football grounds in the Greek football with better facilities.
This is something I realized when I went to Panathinaikos football ground I couldn't believe that such a great team with so many many people supporting them and sets the history to be playing in such the football ground. In the Soviet Union we knew four teams from Greec. Panathinaikos PAOK AEK and Olymiakos. Panathinaikos what's the most famous one. No they can't play in the football ground like that.
Have you spoken with fans supporting other teams?
Of course there are fans, too many of them, who are ashamed of what is happenig in football! I was in the Ionian sea this summer and I was surprised of the amount of Panathinaikos fans I met in those islands... but will change the colours there too (laughs!!!) I have spoken too many fans and they are honest and they cannot take what is happening anymore.
The fans of Paok wonder what is Savvidis doing, his magnitute is big in order to fight corruption. You have to take action and not just pointing the problem out. For example you could speak to Mr. Tsipras.
I spoke with Karamanlis f about the problems of Greek football For the first time. And then tragedy happened in the political world of Greece and then I spoke with mr. Samaras at mr. Tsipras. The problem is that each one of them supports a team. That's why I came to conclusion that we have to elect a PAOK Prime Minister (laughs). The since I got is that everybody understands the problem. But behind the problem voters are hiding. Politicians are afraid of losing votes. That's why they are not willing to bring the knife to the bone. To be honest the current prime minister deals with this issue in a more pragmatic way. We will support him. We always wanted electronic tickets CCTV cameras so order can be attitude. None of the politicians told us to do so I gave the order to install cameras and special programs the first day I came to the team. Our goak is to have results. We will not allow the fall of Greek Football.
What exactly are you willing to do with fans who create trouble? Following the Dortmund game your statement was very very harsh and everybody is waiting what measures you think off opposing.
We find the people that create problems. In the game against Olympiakos nothing happened. Whoever creates problems like in the game against Dortmund will be punished. How? We will not allow them to be a part of PAOK.
In England they took the decision to forbid their themes to compete in European football until they changed. When corruption reached the not return point there were fansthat supported that decission. Would you do it?
Us? Let Olympiakos worry. 90% of our income arrives fron the owner and the fans. We don't receive big ammounts from Champions League or Europa League.
Would you accept it as a solution?
I would say that we are a step behind of European football. I personally offered the Prime Minister to invite the 16 owners of the super league teams to his office. These 16 people represent 90% of Greek football fans. As a prime minister she can invite them No as football club owners but as people the have the ability to affect the emotional state of people Peter martyr of national safety.
Aren’t there rules? Some people are looking for loopholes in order to get away...
How is it possible that the president of the Football Association to be above the Greek law? This has to stop. Where is the Constitution then there is love and then the Football Association rules. That's how it is whatever we do we did in the name of the national interest. The way we can unite same way we can divide.
What do you mean?
Have a look at the countries that has revolutions. Always started. By fans of football. isnt the 30000 fans that came to the stadium an army? They are soldiers guarding the interests . Over country
Is there a common ground of between PAOK, Panathinaikos and AEK; and to be more specific betwenn Savvides, Alafouzos and Melissanides against corruption?
No there isnt one. PAOK will support anyone who wants a crystal clear Greek football. I invest my own money and I don't care about anyone elses pocket. The year before last year who won the second ticket to the Champions League through the play-offs and we thought so we could invest this income into our youth Academy. And then later we were told that we are not going to Champions League and someone else is how stupid is that they create problems out of thin air.
Do you see this problems happening only against your team?
Of course not. Explain to me what the Olympiakos manager was doing in front of Panathinaikos fanatics Gate? Why didn't they deduct points from Olympiakos as a result for this behavior? . We are not stupid we are not ship. Everybody understood that there were the danger a danger of Panathinaikos coming close to win the league. There was only one solution deduct points from Panathinaikos. What do you expect? The Panathinaikos Fans to stand there and applaud him? Yes we have the United Front not with the teams you mentioned but with t hem . Who want a better football. Alafouzos And Melissanides know this... others as well... I can give you names if you want!!!
Does it bother you when people maake comment about your meetings with other Clubs presidents?
Since the first time I came here I gathered all the managers and I told them one of Alexander the great principles. You are not allowed to make any comments about other teams owners. None of the PAOK managers
Can make comments about Marinakis or Melissanidis being either bad or good. What is my business. The general has to communicate with a general.
It looks like the people do not have any more patience. Have you?
My patience never runs out we will succeed the goal in football will be cleansed. If my patience ran out I wouldnt go to Panagia Soumela. I used to go every day. I took beatings everyday they tried to kick me out the Russian Council they suggested I was put in the blacklist in Turkey hey even created small troubles to Greece. That didn't stop me. I kept on walking on my road. Arrived and felt great. Us the Orthodox Christians, the Turkish democracy it happens every year in peace and harmony the same will happen here we will reach the target.
Have you ever thought or discussed the possibility of creating an independent league without the participation of the teams you consider that have participated in corrupted games?
If whatever is happening doesn't come to an end soon. We could leave because of this time the ones that we want the crystal clean football armoire if we leave super leagues stop to exist. We are not convinced that this step will benefit the Greek review. . Bot if we have we will. Sometimes I read that I take decisions without thinking. If I understand that my decisions ae be coming predictable I will stop. I have a specific strategy one of them is to make heats that create attention towards me secondly I do what I do my other business first you have to recognize the problem and then you take percussion measures I always examine the worst case scenarios not lazy ones from the first day I said I'm going to be the leader of the family here not the rebel but the leader. That is enough everything else is a waste.
You haven't signed the new deal with Nova. Is that a result from the overall stance you have against corruption?
I am not a the judge I don't want to do and preaching about that. We also consider Nova to be the link fighting corruption. They don't feel that way.
That's why we don't care about them
Can you be more specific?
If you look closely do you see that Nova has a way presenting the highlights? And at the same time being hard and strict wont allow us to use the highlights in order to show what really is happening.
Do you consider the Greek media involved with sports in Greece are the same wavelength?
How do you define the independent journalism in Greece? If there is one who decides in the media are working for him how can they be independent? If the media and a journalist what the truth even if it wasn't complete answer the restart as I told you I learned about my own decisions through the media that's lack of responsibility for the media.
You seem to be as furious as the fans are againste the media.
They throw dirt on you Just in case you offer them something. I chose to be different. Let them fire they will get tired there are people like you who want to be honest thats why I chose to speak to you. There are many journalist like you may be too difficult economic situations of crises many problems I cannot blame the leader and the fun that's why I speak of creation the job of a journalist could you see is violence and disaster in that case you should be punished if he provokes creation let him go on
What would you say to Platini about Greek Football?
We spoke we set together watched football and then we ate. I told him what he didn't like
What did you tell him? I understand that you don't want this to come out in a private conversation but it is important for us to know.
I told him what we are discussing now. I tried to learn why he has such a passive stance. Possibly some influence from here associate but this will end to. I don't think he's happy with what he does.
Where is the problem?
The referee shouldn't be a constant threat. the better he does his business the better is the situation on the field. They should let the footballers play football and then the fans will leave the referees alone...
I will say it as better as I can. Is UEFA clean?
At this point I don't care. I have the tough and iron principal of Pontos. before you start talking about your neighbors bd habbits you have to sort out the problems within your family. Thats Ponto's principaland the Iron principal of the mountain people. That I don't want to say how bad are things. We have to fix things here first.
I would like your opinion about Mr Marinakis.
I pity him. I was looking the stadium in the game against Olympiakos then I would never want to be in his shoes.
Marinakis is a hostage of the situation. Even if he wants to change somethingthe system of Olympiakos will through him out.
To act like the devil's advocate let's try and get in the shoes of him or them who support him. They say that he is the biggest investor in football.
Who is investor? The devil? Probably I didn't understand what you mean.
They say that no one has invested in Greek football the money that Mr. Marinakis invested.
They might be right. Objectively only. Olympiakos invested. But not his money. we have to be realistic you cannot win the championship 40 times by lying. It is impossible. That is a result of investment. What kind of investment I do not know. Marinakis? Kokkalis?
I will insist. they who blame mr Marinakis, believe that noone invests money in Football and instead of trying to reach Olympiakos they are trying to overthrough him.
I look at it like a creation that's why I cannot blame anyone who is willing to do it. Its the same thing like the one we discussed before about journalists. Is there since the nursery but on the other hand creating something I can accept it. There are two ways hi there I want to get high or I want to take you down. Let's be realists. Olympiakos might win the championship another hundred times. They will never reach power level maybe that's why they say that we try to bring them down it's the opposite we tried to bring them to our level.
But you didn't answer about investments...
It doesn't matter how much money you invest. There R other things that define us. I have great faith in what I'm about to tell you. If we were able to conduct study 90% of our fans wouldn't wonder the championship or the cup if we won it with devious practises. This is where ourn level stands and they have to come close to us.