Poland Parts Ways with Coach Santos Amid Euro 2024 Qualification Uncertainty
Poland has decided to part ways with their head coach, Fernando Santos, following their disappointing 2-0 loss to Albania. This defeat has left their Euro 2024 qualification hopes hanging by a thread, as confirmed by the Polish Football Association (PZPN) on a Wednesday announcement.
Fernando Santos, who notably guided Portugal to victory in Euro 2016, took the helm in January, replacing Czeslaw Michniewicz, who was dismissed after Poland's exit from the Qatar World Cup. Their World Cup journey came to an end with a loss to France in the Round of 16.
Despite the disheartening result in Tirana last Sunday, Santos initially expressed no intentions of stepping down from his position as head coach.
"The search for a new manager has become the top priority for the Polish Football Association (PZPN) board, and we will soon provide details regarding the introduction of the new coach," affirmed PZPN President Cezary Kulesza in an official statement.
As things stand, Poland finds themselves in fourth place within Group E, having secured six points from five games. Their upcoming fixtures include an October away match against the Faroe Islands, followed by a home game against Moldova. Poland's future in Euro 2024 remains uncertain, and the appointment of a new head coach will undoubtedly be a pivotal step in their quest for qualification.