Poland coach job under threat despite contract extension and last 16 run

As reported by Polish outlet Meczyki, Poland coach Czesław Michniewicz could see his tenure in charge of the national team ended after his side’s exit from the World Cup, despite making the last 16 for the first time at a World Cup since 1986.

Despite that success, Poland were one of the dourest and most defensive teams in Qatar and only managed four shots on target during their three group stage games and only won on of their four matches, defeating Saudi Arabia. This form has resulted in criticism from fans and even Michniewicz’s captain Robert Lewandowski, who suggested the team’s style needed to change quickly.

Polish sources have suggested that Michniewicz has lost the confidence of his squad and the Polish FA (PZPN) are leaning towards removing the coach this month. That’s despite Michniewicz’s contract being extended just days ago via an automatic clause in his deal that was activated as Poland made the last 16.

The 3-1 defeat by France this weekend saw Poland exit the tournament, however. Cezary Kulesza, former professional footballer and current president of the PZPN, remained evasive on the coach’s future after the defeat to France.


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