The president of Panathinaikos will meet SergioMarkarian today in an attempt to persuade the coach to withdraw his resignation and remain in charge of the club.

Markarian announced he was resigning after being confronted by angry fans on Tuesday. The incident came just two days after a 3-0 defeat at rivals Olympiakos that almost certainly cost Panathanaikos the title.

Panathinaikos president Angelos Phillipides said he would not accept Markarian’s exit before talking to him in person.

“First of all, I want to talk to Mr Markarian. His announcement was made under psychological pressure,” Phillipides said.

“Decisions will not be taken in the heat of the moment,” said Phillipides.

Several hundred supporters forced their way into the club’s training ground earlier this week, before being dispersed by riot police armed with tear gas. In the aftermath of the trouble, Makarian, who tried but failed to placate the suppporters, announced he would quit at the end of the season.

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