Poland will hire ex-Portugal boss Fernando Santos as new head coach

Poland set to hire Fernando Santos as their new boss as the Euro 2016 winner prepares to return to management just a month on from his Portugal exit

  • Fernando Santos was sacked by Portugal after their World Cup quarter-final exit
  • The experienced manager controversially dropped Cristiano Ronaldo in Qatar
  • Polish FA chief Cezary Kulesza has shared a picture alongside Santos to Twitter

Poland will appoint former Portugal manager Fernando Santos as their new coach, Polish FA (PZPN) president Cezary Kulesza said on Monday.

Kulesza shared a picture with Santos on Twitter, after the 68-year-old Portuguese was photographed at Warsaw airport earlier on Monday.

‘See you tomorrow at the conference at the @PGENarodowy stadium!’ Kulesza wrote along with the photo.

Poland are set to appoint former Portugal manager Fernando Santos as their new head coach

Santos and the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) agreed to terminate his contract as Portugal coach in December, after their World Cup quarter-final exit to Morocco.

Polish Minister of Sport and Tourism Kamil Bortniczuk had congratulated Kulesza and the FA on the appointment of Santos before the president’s announcement.

‘Santos is a coach with a very good CV (Greece and Portugal since 2010, and previously top Portuguese and Greek clubs), successes (European Championship), experience in working with great stars, led by @Cristiano,’ he tweeted on Monday.

Portugal sacked the manager after their quarter-final exit against Morocco at the World Cup

Santos led Portugal to success at Euro 2016 and the 2018-19 Nations League with Cristiano Ronaldo as captain. 

At club level he has managed Porto, AEK Athens, Panathinaikos, Sporting, Benfica, PAOK and he also had a four-year spell as Greece coach.

Former Poland coach Czeslaw Michniewicz left at the end of December after the FA decided not to renew his contract after he had guided the team to their first World Cup knockout stage appearance in 36 years at the 2022 tournament in Qatar.

Ex-Everton and Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has since been hired as Portugal’s new boss¬†




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