Vogts denies link to Poland coaching vacancy

The veteran German trainer insists that he has not received an approach from the PZPN to replace Franciszek Smuda, and that he has no idea where the rumours originated
Azerbaijan boss Berti Vogts has moved to deny rumours that he has been approached over the vacant coaching position in the Poland national team.

Polish Football Association (PZPN) president Grzegorz Lato had implied that they would be assessing the 65-year-old as a potential replacement for Franciszek Smuda, who left his post after his side's Euro 2012 group-stage exit.

"On June 27 the board of directors will meet, and we will discuss both candidates," he revealed to Polish radio station RMF FC.

"Then we will see which direction we are going - whether it will be a Polish coach or a foreign one."

However, Vogts has now reacted with surprise to Lato's assertions, claiming that he had no idea about the PZPN's interest in his services.

"I am very surprised at these reports," the German told Sport-Informations Dienst. "I have not spoken to anyone. That is a fact."

Vogts has a wealth of experience in international football as a coach, having taken charge of Germany, Kuwait, Scotland and Nigeria before taking up the Azerbaijan job in 2008.