On Wednesday, Poland relieved Fernando Santos from his put up as head coach.
The 68-year-old boss received the UEFA European Championship with Portugal in 2016. Nonetheless, he struggled mightily in his temporary time with Poland in qualification for Euro 2024.
As issues stand, the Poles rank fourth out of 5 groups of their Euro 2024 qualification group. Regardless of Robert Lewandowski’s finest efforts, they misplaced three of their first 5 video games. Consequently, Poland sits behind Albania, the Czech Republic and Moldova.
Poland relieves Fernando Santos after simply 9 months
Santos’ final sport accountable for Poland concluded in a 2-0 loss to Albania on Sunday. A Tuesday assembly in Warsaw failed to provide a swift decision. Then, PZPN president Cezary Kulesza made the announcement three days later.
“The Polish Soccer Federation (PZPN) broadcasts that, as of September 13, 2023, coach Fernando Santos will not carry out his duties as Poland’s nationwide coach. I want to thank coach Santos for working with our nationwide staff and I want him good luck in his subsequent sports activities challenges.
“The collection of a brand new supervisor is now a precedence for the board of the Polish Soccer Affiliation (PZPN), so we’ll quickly announce when the presentation of the brand new coach will happen.”
Who will change Santos?
Santos took over as coach when Poland sacked Czeslaw Michniewicz after the Eagles’ elimination from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Lewandowski’s aspect reached the spherical of 16. It misplaced to eventual runner-up France, 3-1. In Poland, followers and media alike usually blasted the Portuguese for not displaying up for native matches. Furthermore, critics took exception to his in-game technique.
The subsequent match is a key residence qualifier in opposition to the Faroe Islands. It’s unclear whether or not a alternative for Santos can be named in time for the match. Within the occasion that they don’t place within the prime two of their group, they’ll nonetheless have an opportunity to qualify for subsequent summer season’s event in Germany by means of the playoffs.
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