Steven Gerrard is “slowed down” in the race for the title of Poland national coach.

Steven Gerrard is ‘obliterated’ in race for Polish coaching title due to ‘lack of international coaching experience’

Steven Gerrard is reportedly out of the running for the post of Poland coach due to a lack of international coaching experience.

Sportsmail reported earlier this month how the former Aston Villa and Rangers manager emerged as a shock candidate for Poland’s new head coach.

The 42-year-old was seen as a strong option to replace Czeslaw Michniewicz, who left late last year after his contract was not renewed after the World Cup.

Steven Gerrard will miss the Poland job due to a lack of international experience

Steven Gerrard will miss the Poland job due to a lack of international experience

However, Gerrard is reportedly set to miss the role after Polish Football Association boss Cezary Kulesza revealed he only wants to appoint a manager with international football experience.

Kulesza told radio station RMF FM: “The candidate is from abroad. I want the decision to be made today or tomorrow, but that depends on the other party.

“The most important criterion was whether he had previously managed a national team.”

Those criteria set by the Polish FA seem to rule out Gerrard – who was sacked in October after just 11 months in the Aston Villa role.

The Liverpool legend was reportedly open to taking on the role and he would have been paid a sizable salary for it.

The former Aston Villa boss had emerged as a candidate to succeed Czeslaw Michniewicz

The former Aston Villa boss had emerged as a candidate to succeed Czeslaw Michniewicz

However, Gerrard’s links to the Polish job were not particularly well received in the country, with former Poland star Zbigniew Boniek criticizing his potential appointment.

He had said: “Any Polish coach recently sacked or resigned would be better than Gerrard.

“He doesn’t really know anything about the Polish national team. He’s not the manager for Poland.

“They need to find a new man quickly because the first Euro games are in March.”

The head of the Polish Football Union, Cezary Kulesza, announced that he only wants to appoint a manager with international football experience to replace Michniewicz

The head of the Polish Football Union, Cezary Kulesza, announced that he only wants to appoint a manager with international football experience to replace Michniewicz

Sportsmail previously explained how Gerrard has spent the last two months regaining his strength after losing his job at Aston Villa and enjoying the opportunity to spend Christmas with his family.

Given the end at Villa Park, he will carefully consider his next move. Gerrard arrived in the Midlands after doing an excellent job at Rangers, where he guided them to the Scottish Premiership title in 2021. However, the prospect of him leading Poland to Euro 2024 had come from left field.

Herve Renard, who was responsible for Saudi Arabia at the World Cup, should also be considered.

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Maureen Mackey

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