Despite various names appearing in the media in the context of taking the position of the coach of the Polish national football team, the main favorite since Paulo Sousa’s departure was and is Adam Nawałka. The team leaders, as well as many experts and journalists, are in favor of the former coach, who led the national team in 2013-18.
Perhaps Nawałka’s position would not have been so strong had it not been for the circumstances. More specifically – no time to prepare the team for the March play-offs for the World Cup in Qatar. There are less than two and a half months left to the match with Russia, and the March training camp before the match in Luzhniki in Moscow will be limited to only three training sessions.
This means that there will be practically no time to get to know the team, and Nawałka has the advantage that most of the team leaders know and maintain good relations with them. The core of the team has not changed for years – Robert Lewandowski, Piotr Zieliński, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Kamil Glik, Jan Bednarek and Wojciech Szczęsny were important representatives of the representation already during Nawałka’s tenure. There is no doubt that it was the former coach of Wisła Kraków, Górnik Zabrze or Lech Poznań that it would be easiest to enter the locker room a few days before the match in Moscow.
From the plane to the meeting with the president. Nawałka’s night talks with Kulesza
The meeting of the president of the Polish Football Association, Cezary Kulesza, with Adam Nawałka did not take place for a long time due to the latter’s vacation. The 64-year-old coach spent his last days in the Maldives, he returned to the country on Thursday. And on the same day, late in the evening, he met in Warsaw with the president of the football headquarters. The talks continued until late at night at the Regent Hotel in Warsaw.
There are many indications that for the first time the president of the Polish Football Association went over to the details in the talks with the candidate for the selector. Earlier meetings, incl. with Fabio Cannavaro, were rather introductory in nature, they concerned the general concept of working with the staff.
Kulesza’s meeting with Nawałka is no surprise, as the president of the Polish Football Association has publicly announced that he will meet the former coach as soon as he returns from vacation. Kulesza gives himself time to choose a coach until January 19. Then, in Warsaw, a meeting of the PZPN board will take place, during which this candidacy is to be confirmed.