Football: Poland fire coach Fornalik after team fail to reach 2014 World Cup

Poland have sacked coach Waldemar Fornalik (above) after their failure to qualify for next year's World Cup Finals in Brazil, the Polish football association said on Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Poland have sacked coach Waldemar Fornalik (above) after their failure to qualify for next year's World Cup Finals in Brazil, the Polish football association said on Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

WARSAW (REUTERS) - Poland have sacked coach Waldemar Fornalik after their failure to qualify for next year's World Cup Finals in Brazil, the Polish football association said on Wednesday.

Poland's 1-0 defeat in Ukraine last week meant they could not reach the 2014 tournament and they ended the campaign with a 2-0 defeat by Group H winners England at Wembley on Tuesday.

Poland finished fourth with 13 points from 10 games.

"Waldemar Fornalik has ceased to carry out the functions of national team coach," the Polish FA said in a statement which thanked the 50-year-old former Poland defender for his "more than one year of work with the national team".

Fornalik, former coach of Polish club Ruch Chorzow, was appointed national team coach in July last year after Franciszek Smuda was sacked following his side's a dismal performance at the Euro 2012 tournament, which Poland co-hosted with Ukraine.