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After only five games in charge of the national team, Zbigniew Boniek has resigned as coach of Poland.

The 46-year-old announced his decision after a poor run of results since he took over on 7 July this year, including just two wins, and a defeat by Latvia in Euro 2004 qualification.

Boniek’s assistant, Stefan Majewski, hasbeen placed in temporary control, although the Polish Football Federation (PZPN) will want to hire a permanent replacement before their next Group 4 qualifier against Hungary on 29 March.

“I have been thinking about it for a couple of days” commented Boniek.

“I think the decision is the right one and I do not intend to comment.”

“I’d like to thank all my colleagues at the PZPN and the players for their effort in representing our national colours with dignity.”

Boniek is the latest manger to resign during qualification for Euro 2004, following the recent departure of Mick McMarthy from the Republic of Ireland hotseat.

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