Fernando Santos’ place as Poland coach remained unsure Tuesday after he met with the president of the nation’s soccer federation following the workforce’s poor begin to European Championship qualifying.
The 68-year-old Santos, who has solely been within the job since January after spending eight years as coach of his native Portugal, will maintain additional talks with Cezary Kulesza this week and no remaining determination has been taken on his future, federation spokesman and workforce supervisor Jakub Kwiatkowski mentioned.
Poland, with star striker Robert Lewandowski, is fourth in its five-team European Championship qualifying group — behind Albania, the Czech Republic and Moldova — after shedding three of its 5 video games thus far. The outcomes and performances have prompted criticism from followers and nationwide media.
Santos parted methods with Portugal after final 12 months’s World Cup in Qatar. He is Poland’s third foreign-born coach, after Leo Beenhakker and Paulo Sousa.
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He was tasked with enhancing Poland’s underwhelming document at latest main tournaments, with the workforce having solely superior from the group stage at one World Cup (2022) and one European Championship (2016) since 1986, but it surely won’t even get to Euro 2024.
With three matches remaining in qualifying, Poland is 4 factors behind first-place Albania and two factors off the Czechs in second place. The high two qualify mechanically.
Santos was requested after the 2-0 loss to Albania on Sunday if he would resign, and he mentioned he wouldn’t as a result of “not everything is lost yet” for Poland in qualifying.
Poland’s subsequent recreation is towards last-place Faeroe Islands on Oct. 12.
Polish sports activities media has speculated that Santos might be changed by a Pole, with Marek Papszun and Michal Probierz potential choices.
Raków Częstochowa grew to become Polish league champions for the primary time final season underneath Papszun and likewise received the Polish Cup twice underneath him, in 2021 and ‘22.
Probierz coaches Poland’s under-21 workforce.