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FORMER Portugal manager Fernando Santos is set to be appointed the new Poland boss, according to reports.

Czeslaw Michniewicz left his postat the end of last year following his Polish sideslast 16 exit at the World Cup.

Ex-Rangers and Aston Villa head coachSteven Gerrardhad been linked with the international vacancy.

But according toFabrizio Romano, Santos, who wassacked by Portugal last monthafter eight years in charge, is now expected to beat theLiverpoollegend to the role.

Romano tweeted: Poland are closing in on agreement to appointFernando Santosas new head coach deal expected to be valid until June 2026.

Former Portugal coach is discussing the final details to get it done soon.

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Santos ledPortugalto glory at Euro 2016 as they beat France 1-0 in the final to lift the countrys first ever major trophy.

They were then eliminated by Uruguay in the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup.

And they exited the following European Championship at the same stage, going down 1-0 to Belgium.

Then at the World Cup last month, Santos men werestunned by Morocco in the quarter-finals- a result which endedCristiano Ronaldos hopes of lifting the trophy.

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Santos, who has also coached the likes of Porto, Sporting Lisbon, Benfica and Greece, will inherit aPolandteam spearheaded byRobert Lewandowski.

In Qatar, theBarcelonastriker, 34, helped his country progress beyond the group stage for the first time since 1986.

They were then eliminated by defending champions France in the last 16, losing 3-1 following aKylian Mbappebrace.

Santos is set to take them up to the next World Cup, with their Euros qualification group featuring Czech Republic, Albania, Faroe Islands and Moldova.

Santos has been replaced as Portugal manager byformer Belgium boss Roberto Martinez.

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