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Reports: Peter Nowak Will Take Over As Polish Under-21 National Team Coach

The former Philadelphia Union coach will not leave coaching, as previously thought, and will instead manage the Polish under-21 National Team.

Chris Gardner

Sebastien Le Toux returned to Philadelphia this week, and coincidentally his old coach went back to a familiar location as well.

Peter Nowak, formerly the head coach and team manager of the Philadelphia Union, was rumored to have wanted to head back to his native Poland, where the former Bundesliga and Major League Soccer star grew up. After a controversial and acrimonious split with the Union, and a pending lawsuit over what he considers wages owed, Nowak laid low and stayed out of the spotlight for some time.

Rumors began about the possibility of Nowak moving back to Poland to join the country's national team set up in some way and it was originally thought that he was ready to give up coaching in order to do it. Nowak was peggedas Poland's next Sporting Director, charged with a restructuring of both the youth system and the educational process for coaches.

Instead, Nowak will assume command of Poland's under-21 National Team, according to reports. Nowak may have had a choice between the youth national team job and sporting director prior to Stefan Majewski accepting the latter job.

Nowak had a similar role with the United States Men's National Team prior to joining the Union. He coached the under-23 National Team and managed to qualify for the Olympics in 2008, but was eliminated in the group stage.