Monday, December 01, 2008

Beenhakker ready to quit as Poland manager?

Veteran Poland coach Leo Beenhakker has hinted internal politics may prompt him to end his term as national team boss.

Beenhakker, 66, is currently overseeing Poland's qualification campaign for the 2010 World Cup with the team third in Group 3 behind Slovakia and Czech Republic.

Football in Poland has been in disarray since investigations into corruption were instigated in 2005 and matters came to a head when the Sports Ministry filed a petition to suspend the football association (PZPN).

FIFA in turn threatened to impose sanctions on Poland, which would have cost them their right to host the next European Championships, if the government continued to intervene in football matters.

The matter seemed to be resolved but Beenhakker clearly has ongoing issues with the administration.

The former Ajax and Feyenoord coach told Dutch broadcaster RTV Rijnmond: "I must admit that I don' t have an easy task at the moment, because of the work of the FA, who look to fall back to the past.

"I am 66 years old and I don't feel much like being annoyed all the time.

Beenhakker is set to hold talks with the Polish association before the weekend.