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Official: Nawalka Leaving Poland Role After World Cup Exit

Adam Nawalka will no longer be the Poland head coach after his contract expires on July 30 / Twitter
Official: Nawalka Leaving Poland Role After World Cup Exit

WARSAW, Poland. July 3 (PSN) – PZPN president Zbigniew Boniek announced on Tuesday at a press conference that Adam Nawalka will be finishing his work as head coach with the Polish national team, as his expiring contract will not be renewed.

Nawalka will continue in the Poland head coach role until July 30, from which afterwards his successor will take over.

“Although we meet in sad circumstances (…) this place is not accidental. The National Stadium brought us a lot of joy and these were fantastic moments for which I am glad that I now have the opportunity to say goodbye to the head coach job in this place.” said Nawalka during the PZPN press conference on Tuesday.

“Polish football has made a very big step forward, but when it comes to my time with it, I say goodbye to this team. I want to thank president Boniek for giving us us the fantastic conditions for which this team could move forward with,” he continued.

When speaking about Poland’s woeful 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign, Nawalka admitted that things didn’t go as expected.

“We did not meet our plans, ambitions, our fans’ expectations, that we disappointed and I take full responsibility for that.”

The 60-year-old begun coaching Poland on November 1, 2013. Since that time, he saw qualification to both UEFA EURO 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Most notably at UEFA EURO 2016, the Polish national team under his leadership advanced to the quarterfinals.

On the other hand, Poland also failed to leave the group stage at the World Cup finals for the third time in a row.

It is also worth noting that as Adam Nawalka says goodbye to the Poland national team, he leaves it in 8th place in the FIFA rankings. Poland were ranked 70th place when he took over.

Born in Krakow, Nawalka as the national coach in total won 27 games, drew 13 and lost 11.

The PZPN have confirmed that they will be starting their search for Nawalka’s replacement after July 30.

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