Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Beenhakker uncertain to stay after Polish FA clash

The chances of Dutch manager Leo Beenhakker staying with the Polish national team depend on a conversation the coach is to have with the association's new chairman on Wednesday.

In an interview with AD/Sportwereld, a sportspaper in the Netherlands, Beenhakker commented on recent difficulties with the Polish FA. The coach disagrees with policies set by FA chairman Grzegorz Lato, who as a result invited the manager to his office on Tuesday.

"I don't want to say too much about it yet. If you burp in let's say China, it'll be all over the internet the next minute and it can be used against you," the coach said about Tuesday's meeting.

"At least I have made a few proposals. If the gentlemen agree, I can continue. If not, it'll be a different story. I really don't know how it'll end."

Beenhakker has coached a large amount of teams over the last 36 years, including clubs as Ajax, Real Madrid and Club America. He also managed the national teams of the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia and Trinidad and Tobago before trying his luck in Poland.

After qualifying for this year's European Championships, the final tournament itself was considered a disappointment as the Poles were eliminated in the first round.