Poland soccer coach Fornalik sacked after World Cup failure
October 17, 2013
Waldemar Fornalik has been dismissed as Poland’s national soccer coach following the team's failure to qualify for the next year’s World Cup in Brazil, the Polish Football Federation (PZPN) said on Wednesday.
“Waldemar Fornalik has ceased to carry out the functions of national team coach,” PZPN said in a statement and thanked him for “more than one year of work with the national team.”
Fornalik, former defender for Poland during his playing days and former coach of Polish club Ruch Chorzow became the manager last year when he succeeded Franciszek Smuda, who was dismissed after Poland finished bottom of its group at the Euro 2012 tournament, which Poland co-hosted with Ukraine.
Zbigniew Boniek, president of PZPN said at a televised news conference in Warsaw: "I would like to thank Mr Fornalik for his efforts as national team coach. I wish him good luck for the rest of his career."
PZPN plans to appoint a replacement within two weeks, Boniek said but declined to say who might replace Fornalik.