Ex-Chelsea boss under pressure in Greece

Claudio Ranieri's reign as Greece boss has barely started, but there are reports that he is under pressure due to his selection policy.

Greece lost their opening Euro 2016 qualifier to Romania and ex-Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri may already be losing support.

Ranieri took the Greece post after being sacked by Ligue 1 giants Monaco despite finishing second.

The Italian tactician was charged with the difficult task of picking up after an unexpectedly positive World Cup campaign and qualification for Euro 2016 is essential.

But after the 1-0 loss to Romania, Ranieri has surprised pundits with his selections for games against Finland and Northern Ireland.

Midfielder Petros Mantalos has been brought in despite currently plying his trade in Greece's second tier for AEK Athens and there is also a place for Fulham's Kostas Stafylidis, who has long been forgotten in the national set-up.

Kostas Fortounis of Olympiacos also returns after more than a year out of Greece's side. There is no spot for veteran Fanis Gekas but debutant Nikos Karelis will get a chance.

While Ranieri has every right to feel the squad needs an overhaul, he is taking a risk by making sweeping changes to a squad that confounded their critics by escaping their group at the World Cup.

There are also murmurs that Ranieri's attitude isn't conducive to a winning team and he seems to be losing popularity in Greece fast. 

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