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Poland manager to leave the national team after World Cup

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Despite leading Poland to the World Cup knockout stages for the first time in 36 years, Czeslaw Michniewicz will leave the national team.

Poland manager Czeslaw Michniewicz will part from the national team on New Year’s Eve.

The 52-year-old’s contract with Poland expires on December 31, and following ‘several meetings’ last week, the Polish Football Association (PZPN) has decided to not grant him an extension.

“Last week, Czesław Michniewicz had several meetings with the president of PZPN Cezary Kulesza, vice presidents, and the board of PZPN,” read a statement on Thursday.

“During the meeting, the selector summed up the performance of the Polish national team at the World Cup in Qatar and discussed the organizational aspects of the team’s participation in the World Cup. 

“After a thorough analysis of all the information, PZPN decided not to extend Czesław Michniewicz’s contract, which expires at the end of the year. On behalf of the board of PZPN, we would like to thank Czesław Michniewicz for 11 months of work as a coach.”

What was Michniewicz’s record with Poland?

The former Poland Under-21 coach replaced the Flamengo-bound Paulo Sousa last January. In 13 matches in all competitions, he led the senior team to five victories (D3 L5).

Michniewicz famously oversaw a 2-0 win over Sweden in a World Cup playoff tie to seal a ticket to Qatar in only his second Poland game in March.

He then got Poland out of their group stages for the first time since 1986, finishing second in Group C. However, the World Cup dream ended in the last 16, with the Eagles losing 3-1 to France.

Poland have yet to name a replacement for Michniewicz ahead of their next game against the Czech Republic in a Euro 2024 qualifier on March 24.