The President of EPO, Giorgos Gkirtzikis, said: "We are pleased to introduce Mr. Michael Skibbe. I would like to thank Mr Tsanas who after the resignation of Mr. Markarian managed the team for four games. It was difficult to find a new coach. We talked with more than forty managers. I believe he has the experience required for the position of both clubs and national teams in our conversations I saw a young man eager to work. I believe that with the help of Costas Tsanas, the coaching staff and of course the players he will lead the National team to successes beginning a new effort to return to the major competitions. Criticism is useful. Let's keep rivalries away from the National team. "
The manager of the Greek national team, Michael Skibbe said: "I'm glad I'm here. It is my honor to be the coach of the national team. I will try to do my best and I am sure that we will move forward over the next two years and will show Europe that we can do better than the previous three years. From 2000 to 2004 I was part of the national German team and I have the experience. I would like the support of all Greeks for the team and we will try to have good results and victories.”