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Poland Sacks Fernando Santos after 6 games in charge

Poland have parted ways with manager Fernando Santos after just six games in charge. The 68-year-old Portuguese, who led Portugal to glory at Euro 2016, assumed the role in January and guided the Poles to an impressive 1-0 friendly win over Germany in June.

However events took a downturn as the Poles lost three of their five competitive games under his guide especially shocking defeats to Moldova and Albania.

Santos faced criticism in Poland for his outdated tactics and lack of appearances at domestic matches . However last Sunday’s 2-0 loss to Albania was the final catalyst for his sack as Poland seeks to avoid further embarrassments.

In an official statement, the Polish Football Association thanked Santos for his efforts, while the boss said he had been grateful for the opportunity. It is not yet certain if a new successor to Santos will be appointed  by the Poland’s football body before the country’s next qualifier, which is away to group bottom placed Faroe Islands in October this year.

Disappointing recent results have left Poland sitting fourth in their Euro 2024 qualifying group. They will require results to go in their favour elsewhere if they are to secure a top-two finish. Even if Poland should finish below the top two in their group, they will still have an opportunity to book a spot in the elite competition taking place in Germany next summer via the play-offs.

Of those nations who fail to progress, the 12 teams who performed best in the 2022-23 Nations League will contest semi-final and final clashes to secure one of the last three qualifying slots.

Euro 2024 would likely present a final major tournament for legendary striker Robert Lewandowski, who just scored three goals during Santos’ ill fated tenure. Fernando Santos’s Portugal have been in fine form of recent maintaining a 100% record so far under new gaffer Roberto Martinez.

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