German coach set for three-year contract

German Otto Rehhagel, who has already coached Greece in two internationals, says he expects to sign a three-year deal with the Greek Football Association tomorrow. The former Kaiserslautern boss has still not officially signed a contract with the FA despite taking over the national squad in mid-August. But on Monday he told Reuters: I hope by Wednesday, when my lawyer flies in, I will finalize all pending issues and sign the contract. By Wednesday it will all be finished. Rehhagel endured a disastrous debut at the helm of the Greek team with a disappointing 5-1 defeat to Finland. But his side’s strong performance and 2-2 draw against England in early October confirmed he would lead Greece’s bid to qualify for the 2004 European Championships in Portugal. Panathinaikos are guaranteed top spot in the group with Arsenal in second place as they have a better head-to-head record against the Londoners, who begin the last round of matches three points behind the Greek team. The Spaniards will be in search of at least a draw, a result that that would guarantee the side third place in the group and the right to continue in the less prestigious UEFA Cup competition.

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