Ex Leicester, Swansea, and Queens Park Rangers Chief, Paulo Sousa was appointed Poland’s new head coach.
The 50-year-old, who has been out of work since leaving Bordeaux in August, succeeds Jerzy Brzeczek after being shot this week after helping the team qualify for Euro 2020, which has been delayed until this year owing to the coronavirus pandemic.
Brzeczek had been in charge since July 2018 and had renewed the deal in November. But the nation FA said there was “discouragement” in the team under the 49-year-old Brzeczek, saying, “With this format, the team could not move forwards”
Announcing the appointment of Paulo Sousa, President of the Polish Football Association, Zbigniew Boniek said: “I am convinced that the new coach of the Polish national team, thanks to his coaching class, experience and international knowledge, will give new impetus to our national team.”
“I am honoured and proud to be the coach of the Polish national team” Sousa said. “Poland is a country of football and I am convinced that your enthusiasm will give us strength, support, and faith in the representation.
“Together, we will be able to fight for victories at the European Championships.
“With the right mentality, discipline, organization, and approach, together with me, my staff, federation employees, and the support of the entire nation, we will be strong. I am sure that all of Poland will be proud of its national team.”
Two-time Champions League winner Sousa was a regular for Portugal during his playing career and has coached in Hungary, Israel, Switzerland, Italy, and China in the last decade. He won the Champions League as a player with Juventus and Borussia Dortmund.