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Thursday, 13 June, 2002, 17:57 GMT 18:57 UK
Clamour grows for foreign coach
The Polish squad gets used to conditions at the Daejeon stadium
The Polish squad gets used to conditions at the Daejeon stadium

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As Poland head into their final game of the 2002 World Cup, the media back home become ever more convinced that a new coach is needed - and preferably one from abroad.

"It should be a coach without any connections with Polish football," Gazeta Wyborcza said in an editorial on Thursday.

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There is not much time, qualification for the European Championships is about to begin.
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Jan de Zeeuw
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"Other teams do it, it's nothing unusual: Ericksson, Metsu, Troussier, Hiddink, Maldini - of Paraguay. Those people have succeeded at these finals.

"Even England hired a coach from Sweden, putting their pride aside. They see the benefits of a fresh, independent perspective from a person without the burden of connections, conflicts and quarrels."

Jan de Zeeuw, a well-known European agent who looks after Jerzy Dudek and others, is equally convinced.

"It's a pity that nobody had such an idea earlier," he told Gazeta Wyborcza.

"There is not much time, the qualifications for the European Championships are about to begin.

"I saw the game against Korea with Mark Overmars and Giovanni van Bronckhorst. They were laughing at me, mocking the tactics of the Polish team.

"The television expert was Johann Cruyff. He said it was a scandal that such a big country in the middle of Europe has such poor results and plays with so little invention.

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The negative impact of recent results and the current playing style is enormous and is not worth the savings made by employing a Polish coach
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Jan de Zeeuw
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"I could find a coach that could bring in some fresh blood and fresh ideas very quickly. There are lots of coaches like Metsu, Troussier and Hiddink."

De Zeeuw argued that the money a foreign coach would cost should prove a good investment.

"Do Cameroon, Senegal or Paraguay have more money than the Polish FA? It would not cost so very much.

"A coach from a developed country would bring in good organisation, discipline and specialists. And you will be back in business.

"The negative impact of recent results and the current playing style is enormous and is not worth the savings made by employing a Polish coach. This is just bad for Polish football."


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