Paulo Sousa will retain his current position for the time being
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Poland coach Paulo Sousa asked to end his contract by mutual consent after receiving an offer from top Brazilian club Flamengo, but the president of the Polish Football Association, Cezary Kulesza, rejected the request.
Portuguese media reported that Sousa was due to start working in Rio de Janeiro in January, although his contract with Poland ends in March.
Sousa’s agent told Polish news agency PAP on Monday that Sousa had not yet signed a contract with Flamengo.
Kulesza said in a statement on Twitter: “Today I was informed by Paulo Sousa that he wanted to terminate the contract with Poland by mutual agreement due to an offer from another club. This is extremely irresponsible behavior, at odds with the coach’s previous statements. Therefore, I firmly refused.
Lewandowski’s press advisor Monica Bondarovic told Polish newspaper Entrea that the star “is shocked and surprised by the manager’s recent actions”.
Sousa was responsible for the disappointing Poland Euro 2020 campaign where the team lost in the group stage. But since then their form has improved, with five wins in seven World Cup qualifiers. The other two games saw them draw 1-1 with England and lose 2-1 to Hungary.
The team will then prepare for a qualifying play-off against Russia, which takes place on March 24.
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