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Karel Jarolim likely to head national squad

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Prague, July 8 (CTK) – Karel Jarolim is likely to be the new coach of the Czech football team and replace Pavel Vrba who left the post after the team did not advance from its group at the current Euro championship, Czech Football Association (FACR) chairman Miroslav Pelta told journalists on Friday.

Pelta said Jarolim confirmed to him this morning that would like to accept the offer.

He said he will negotiate with the Mlada Boleslav club whose top league’s team Jarolim has been coaching since 2014. Jarolim would like to leave the team only after he plays the qualification of the European league with it this summer.

“I hope we will reach an agreement and sign a four-year contract with Jarolim at the beginning of next week,” Pelta said.

Jaromir Seterle will be the new manager of the national team.

Jarolim, 59, won the Czech league with Slavia Praha twice (2007/08, 2008/09) and he advanced to the group stage of the Champions League with the team (2007/08).

“Karel Jarolim was the only one whom I addressed, I did not contact anybody else. I was considering three coaches,” Pelta said.

He said he was not considering a foreign coach. He said it would take a long time for a foreign coach to get accustomed and understand the Czech mentality and get to know the team.

The Czech Football Association on Friday named Polish referee Michal Listkiewicz head of the Czech referee commission and charged him to propose new members of the commission.

Litkiewicz, 63, is a member of the FIFA referee commission. As a referee, he was nominated to the 1988 Olympic tournament, the Euro 1988 and the 1994 World Championship. He was the main referee of the 1990 World Championship final match.

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