Well, the Greek FA have offered him a new contract extension which will see him being in charge of the national team till the World Cup in 2010 (if we qualify). So far Rehhagel himself has not shown any indications about whether he'll stay or go.
But what do you want?
Arguments for him to stay are:
- He is obviously very, very successful. No questions about that.
- He's learned from the mistakes he made in the WC06 qualifiers and he stopped being so goddamn stubborn. The team was gradually injected with new blood which actually started to play. Nowadays it is a healthy mix of veterans and younger players.
- A more balanced player selection has resulted in better football. The pathetic, frustrating long ball we started after the Euro has stopped and has been replaced by proper football.
- The players want him to stay.
- Having a new coach after the Euro could result in a shaky start at the WC10 qualifiers. Unless we have easy games to start, this could be very problematic. Rehhagel provides stability which is very important.
- He's funny.
Arguments for him to go are:
- Has he really learned his lesson about being fair? He still makes some baffling player selections and he's still very reluctant to introduce new players. And he still insists on not calling players who clearly deserve to be there (Stoltidis).
- The line up for the match against Hungary was "vintage Rehhagel 2004-2006". Players out of position, clueless formation etc. But it was a really important game as a position in pot 1 for WC10 was at stake and he almost ****ed us over. We were very lucky to win. All is well when everyone is fit, but what happens if some players are missing? Do we get to see experiments with central defenders as left backs and defensive midfielders on the wing?
- He still seems to have no knowledge of the league or players from teams outside of Panathinaikos, AEK and Olympiakos. He refuses to acknowledge players who would be valuable like Avraam Papadopoulos.
- He's really, really old and he doesn't look entirely sane. At some point age will catch up with him and having a senile wreck as national team coach is not ideal.
So, do you want Rehhagel to stay after the Euro?