The Polish Football Association announced today, Wednesday, that Portuguese Fernando Santos has left the position of coach of the national football team, while Poland failed badly in the 2024 European Championship qualifiers.
Mr. Santos took over as coach of the Polish team in January. The decision to end his duties came after the 0-2 defeat to Albania in Tirana on September 10.
“The Polish Football Association (PZPN) informs that as of September 13, 2023, coach Fernando Santos has ceased performing his duties as technical director of the Polish national team,” the Polish Football Association (PZPN) said on X (formerly Twitter).
Heavily criticized by the media and fans for not being able to instill a fighting spirit in the Polish national team, which is in deep crisis, the Portuguese led Robert Lewandowski’s side in six matches, including a friendly match with Germany, which Poland won 1-0.
As for the Euro 2024 qualifiers, its record is two wins and three losses, which puts Poland in fourth place in Group E with six points, ahead of the Faroe Islands, and leaves it with a slight margin to qualify directly.
Before Poland, Fernando Santos coached Greece from 2010 to 2014, and led the Lusitania squad from 2014 until his resignation in December 2022.