July 14th D-Day for Janas

June 19, 2006

Pawel Janas' future as Poland coach will be decided on July 14, it was confirmed today.

That is the date which has been set for the under-pressure boss to hold talks with Michal Listkiewicz, president of the Polish Football Association.

Asked whether he should resign, Janas said: `I don't want to talk about that. I intend to be at this meeting.'

Poland are going home early from the World Cup after losing to Ecuador and Germany. They face Costa Rica in their final Group A match tomorrow.

Janas has faced growing pressure to resign, with media and fans calling for his resignation since defeats against Ecuador and Germany ended the eastern Europeans' hopes at the group stages for the second consecutive World Cup.

But leading national daily Gazeta Wyborcza on Monday quoted sources in the Polish camp as saying Janas would step down after the Costa Rica game.

'I repeat and repeat that this World Cup isn't over for us yet,' a visibly angry Janas said, answering a barrage of questions on his future at a news conference at the team's base.

'We have to face the last game against Costa Rica and then we have to do the analysis afterwards. We will draw our conclusions but we will do so internally.'

Polish press report the most likely candidate to replace Janas is former Wisla Krakow, Ivory Coast and Tunisia manager Henryk Kasperczak, currently the national coach for Senegal.

'You are not helping us with all your reports and your questions,' experienced midfielder Jacek Krzynowek said.

'We have to prepare for the last game, so let us do our job.'