Poland is currently seeking a new boss as Paulo Sousa's replacement after his sudden resignation at the end of 2021.
Paulo Sousa abruptly decided to end his spell with Poland despite the fact that they are only about three months away from World Cup 2022 playoffs. The former Portuguese international opted for switching side to the Brazilian side Flamengo after their failure in Copa Libertadores final. His plan was surely rejected by Polish Football Federation (PZPN) and critised for being unprofessional. Yet, the ex Bordeaux and Fiorentina boss did not wish to return. Eventually, both sides had to rely on their lawyers to settle the difference, especially regarding with their contract and financial matters.
Consequently, PZPN has been left a huge task and racing against the time to appoint the new head coach for Robert Lewandowski and Co to guide them to get through the playoff stage well and seal one spot to Qatar 2022. Several names have been linked since then but Poland football governing body seems to be handling it more carefully as their future is on the line. With the two-time FIFA best player in the team, their burden is even bigger as Poland can not simply miss the tournament. These names are believed to be the shortlisted candidates by PZPN for the post.
- Adam Nawalka. He was the one who took charge of Poland during Euro 2016 and World Cup 2018. Nawalka did manage to lead them to the quarter final in the former tournament but failed to progress from the group stage in the latter one. The 64-year old manager resigned after such disappointing result in Russia 2018. He is the favorite one due to his experience and has reportedly agreed to make his return. Yet, Poland seems to only appoint him as the back up plan.
- Marciej Skorza. His name rises as one of the candidates after his success in guiding Wisla Krakow and Lech Poznan win Poland top tier league twice and once respectively in 2008, 2009 and 2015. Skorza re-signed Lech Poznan this season for his second spell. The 50-year old boss used to be Pawel Janas' assistant in World Cup 2006.
- Fabio Cannavaro. He is one of the most surprising target, considering his zero managerial experience in Europe. The former Italian defender spends most of his career on the touchline in Asia. His most notable achievements were bringing Tianjin Quanjian to be promoted to the top flight in 2016 and finished third in the following season. In 2019, Cannavaro won Chinese Super League with Quangzhou Evergrande.
- Czesław Michniewicz. He is another considerable manager to be at the helm of the team. Michniewicz was the man behind Legia Warsawa's success to advance directly to the round of 16 in Europa League this season. He helped them topple Napoli, Leicester and Spartak Moscow at the group stage plus win the league last season. Unfortunately, he was relieved from the post after a series of poor results. The former U21 head coach who was able to guide Poland junior side to qualify to the Euro U21 for the first time in 2007 is recently unattached.
Apart from them, there have been some other figures tipped for the post such as Andrey Shevchenko, the former Basel boss Marcel Koller and pelatih Rakow Częstochowa, Marek Papszun. However, none has been directly approached by PZPN, except Papszun. He chose to extend his contract with his club instead.