Breakthrough in the search for a new Selekcjoner

Polish Football Association president Cezary Kulesza has confirmed in a series of interviews that the new trainer of the Poland national team has been selected. Kulesza is now waiting on details to be finalised before the public announcement.

In an interview with Polish radio station RMF FM on Tuesday, Kulesza gave his clearest indications yet on the process, and appeared to rule at least one big name out of the running.

“You can say that I already know who it will be, but there are still decisions remaining on the other side,” Kulesza told the station, before telling TVP Sport that “I can officially confirm that it will be a foreign coach”.

“The most important criterion was certainly whether he had previously led a national team, because it is quite important. Running a national team and a club team are really different methods,” he continued.

Given the final statement, it appears that the rumours of Steven Gerrard taking the hot seat have not come to fruition. Whilst having led both Glasgow Rangers and Aston Villa, the former England international has yet to manage a national team. For the same reason, it would also seem that former Lech Poznań coach Nenad Bjelica is also no longer under consideration.

The statement does, however, still leave several names in the running. Former South Korea coach Paulo Bento, Saudi Arbaia’s Herve Renard and former Switzerland coach Vladimir Petković have all been linked with the job. Meanwhile, SportoweFakty have also obtained information that another Portuguese – former European Championship-winning manager Fernando Santos – may also have been in the running for the role.

In the same article, SportoweFakty also informed that a Polish coach would become an assistant to the new manager, with the most likely option being thought of as U21 coach Michał Probierz.

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