Football: contract extension for national team coach

Polish Football Association (PZPN) announced on Monday that Jerzy Brzęczek, the coach of the Polish national football team has signed a new contract which expires at the end of 2021.

The previous contract between PZPN and Mr Brzęczek was supposed to end after UEFA Euro 2020, but since the event has been postponed until the following year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the agreement was also prolonged. Poland qualified for the tournament.

“We decided to prolong the contract with Jerzy Brzęczek until the end of 2021 because we have full trust in him and the team he manages. However, the deal includes a clause allowing it to terminate the contract in August 2021. This is the moment when the term of the head of PZPN expires, so I would like the new leadership to make an autonomic decision about the future of the team’s coach,” Zbigniew Boniek, the head of PZPN said.

The UEFA EURO 2020 will also end at that time. The postponed event will take place between June 11 and July 11, 2021. Poland will face Spain, Sweden, and one additional nation still to advance via the play-offs.

“I would like to thank Mr Boniek and PZPN for their trust. From the beginning of my work as the coach of the Polish national football team, I felt the full support of the head and the board of the association. Today we focus on further work and we are anxious for the return of the national team’s football,” Mr Brzęczek said.

Jerzy Brzęczek has been the coach of the Polish national team since July 2018, after the FIFA World Cup in Russia, which was a particularly unsuccessful tournament for Poland. He took over from Adam Nawałka, who had been the coach since 2013.

Under Mr Brzęczek’s reign, the national team won eight matches, drew four and lost four each. He achieved the football association's initial primary goal, which was qualification to the finals of the UEFA Euro 2020.