Former Melbourne City boss John van’t Schip has arrived in Greece and is expected to be announced as the new manager of the Greek National Team this week.

The 55-year-old Dutch coach recently managed PEC Zwolle in the Netherlands and will replace Angelos Anastasiadis, who was dismissed after a run of poor results in his short stint in charge.

It is expected that Michael Valkanis will be his assistant, along with Aron Winter.

Van’t Schip’s international experience includes being an assistant to Marco van Basten for the Netherlands, while he was also an interim coach at Ajax in 2009.

He then made his way to Australia, managing Melbourne Heart until 2012.

A short stint at the helm of Mexican side Guadalajara followed, however after one season, he returned to Melbourne Heart until 2017.

It was in Melbourne where van’t Schip won his first and only bit of silverware as a manager in 2016 – the FFA Cup under the club’s new name Melbourne City.

His record as a player, however, stands out – he won multiple Eredivisie titles at Ajax, played at Genoa and won the 1988 European Championship with the Netherlands.

Greece on the other hand have struggled in recent times, having lost their last three matches, including a 3-2 loss at home to Armenia.

They currently sit in fourth position in their Euro 2020 qualification group, five points off a qualifying place with six matches remaining.

Greece’s last appearance in the European Championship was in 2012.

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