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Peter Nowak named manager of Ekstraklasa side Lechia Gdansk

The ex-Philadelphia Union manager (and legal foe) Nowak will manage a club in Poland's first division.

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Pending authorization from the Polskiego Związku Piłki Nożnej (PZPN - Polish soccer's governing body), ex-Philadelphia Union manager Peter Nowak will manage Lechia Gdansk in Poland's Ekstraklasa, the club said today via press release. Until the PZPN authorizes Nowak to take over the club, current coaches Maciej Kalkowski and Dawid Banaczek will serve as co-caretaker managers for the foreseeable future, including the upcoming Amber Cup tournament hosted by Gdansk.

Nowak has been serving as manager of the Antigua and Barbuda National Team since September 2014, and it is unclear if he will continue in that role. The Antigua and Barbuda side narrowly missed advancing to the fourth round of the CONCACAF 2018 World Cup Qualifications by losing 2-1 on aggregate to Guatemala.

Nowak's name has been in the news more recently due to the dismissal of his wrongful termination lawsuit against the Philadelphia Union - and the ugly details that have come out of it. The lawsuit, which was released to the public last week, revealed a culture of fear that was seemingly fostered by Nowak, who admitted to hazing players, forcing players to run 10 or more miles without water, and forcing players to play through concussions.