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Thursday, July 6, 2006
Beenhakker is favourite for Poland job

WARSAW, July 6 (Reuters) - Leo Beenhakker is the number one candidate to take over as Poland's coach, according to a report in a leading domestic newspaper.

'Beenhakker is a huge personality and he is our favourite,' Ryszard Czarnecki, head of the Polish Football Association's international department, told the daily Gazeta Wyborcza.

'The only problem is money because he will not be cheap. But I am sure we can find sponsors to subsidise the cost.'

After a disappointing first-round exit from the World Cup, coach Pawel Janas is expected to confirm his resignation at a meeting this weekend.

Beenhakker, who previously coached Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Real Madrid and Ajax Amsterdam, led Trinidad & Tobago to the World Cup finals for the first time in Germany.

The Dutchman's contract with Trinidad ended after their first-round elimination.

Polish media also reported that Beenhakker had received an offer to replace Guus Hiddink as coach of Australia.

Hiddink is leaving to take over as Russia coach.

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