Managerial change in Gliwice

Piast Gliwice announced a change at the hełm on Thursday morning, bringing Waldemar Fornalik’s five-year stint at the club to an end. He has been replaced by former Legia Warsaw coach Aleksandar Vuković.

59-year-old Fornalik was relieved of his duties after a 2-1 home defeat to Radomiak Radom, which leaves Piast in 15th position in the Ekstraklasa – hovering precariously above the drop zone.

Fornalik’s time at Piast has coincided with the club’s most successful period in its history. During the 2018/19 season, he led Piast to their first ever league title, and followed up with a bronze medal the following season.

“The decision to break up was not easy, it never is. However, we found ourselves in a difficult situation and for the club’s good we came to the conclusion that a change was needed. We terminated the contract by mutual consent. Grateful for all the hard work and those five years of work with great achievements, we thank you and wish the coach good luck. We hope that – like us – the trainer will keep only positive memories of his work in Gliwice”.

Grzegorz Bednarski, president of Piast Gliwice.

Piast were quick to appoint Fornalik’s replacement. On Thursday morning they confirmed the appointment of Serbian coach Aleksandar Vuković, who signed a contract until June 2024, with an option to extend by a further 12 months.

43-year-old Vuković has experience of the Ekstraklasa as both a player and a coach. The former midfielder had two spells as a player at Legia, and ended his career at Korona Kielce. Later he continued his association with the Varsovian club with two spells as head coach – most recently until the end of the 2021/22 season.

Vuković will take charge of Piast for the first time on Saturday, away at his former club Korona.

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