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Following his side's 1-0 defeat to the Czech Republic, the 63-year-old confirmed that his three-year reign will come to an end when his contract expires.

Poland coach Franciszek Smuda has confirmed that he will leave his post after failing to guide the host nation beyond the group stage of Euro 2012.

Poland followed up draws with Greece and Russia with a defeat to Czech Republic on Saturday, and the former Lech Poznan coach revealed that he will step down when his contract officially expires at the end of the tournament.

Looking back on his time on the job, Smuda stated that his team had made progress during his three years at the helm, despite an underwhelming European Championship campaign.

"I think that this team has made huge progress, and I think that this can go on when the qualifiers start again. I think that these guys are well prepared," he told reporters after the match. "I don't have to resign, my contract runs up now, so I don't see any need to hand in a token resignation."

Reflecting on the Czech clash, Smuda stated that his side approached the fixture with a lackadaisical attitude, and was punished by its impressive opponent.

"We had to eat a huge slice of humble pie," he told reporters after the match. "We looked too confident of winning here, perhaps. The Czechs were great, and played a better game.

"We had several chances before halftime, but then we lost. We can compare this to the Greece game. We started the second half with huge belief, but things that were said in the dressing room were different to what they actually did."

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