Theodoros Theodoridis was on Friday named acting General Secretary of the Europe’s continental confederation UEFA.
The 50-year old Greek administrator joined UEFA in 2008 and has been in charge of relations with the European national associations.
He is a former board member of the Hellenic Football Federation and was most recently UEFA’s deputy secretary general.
He said: “Now it’s the moment for UEFA to show real solidarity and to be close to the other confederations, and especially to stop…all this relationship… to change completely the relationship with FIFA, and to make it productive for football. That’s our mission, and that’s what we have to do. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime; we cannot get it wrong.
The position was vacated last Friday by Gianni Infantino who was elected president of world football’s troubled governing body FIFA.
Theodoridis is however unable to take the full time position until banned president Michel Platini’s legal challenge to over turn a six-year ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport is completed.