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Dirk-Bauermann-08-01-2014
Dirk Bauermann (GER) - former head coach of Poland's men's national team
08/01/2014

WARSAW (EuroBasket 2015) - Poland claimed just a single win in five games and were a major disappointment at EuroBasket 2013, yet coach Dirk Bauermann didn't split with the country's basketball federation - until now.

The veteran German play-caller has decide to cut ties with the Poles and move into a new direction.

In a statement issued by his representatives, the GPK Sports Agency, Bauermann has announced: "After a great deal of soul searching, I have decided to terminate the ongoing negotiations with the Polish Basketball Federation regarding the coaching position for the senior national team for the summer of 2014.

"This has been an extremely difficult and painful decision as it has been an honor to coach this great group of young men.

"I would like to wish the (Polish Basketball Federation) President Mr (Grzegorz) Bachanski, General Manager Mr (Marcin) Widomski and especially the players, nothing but success in the upcoming qualification round (for EuroBasket 2015).

"Finally, I would like to thank our fans and the Polish media for their interest and tremendous support."

Poland have responded to Bauermann by announcing they are accepting applications for the coaching job.

The federation would even review an application by Bauermann.

"It's not a secret that we've held talks with coach Bauermann on prolonging our co-operation and this announcement does not necessarily mean that Dirk is ruled out of coaching the Polish national team," Bachanski said.

"He has the right to apply for the job, just like any other candidate."

Poland had gone into the EuroBasket with their expectations soaring.

After finishing top of their Qualifying Round group under former coach Ales Pipan, Bauermann inherited a side that had the talented frontline of Marcin Gortat, Maciej Lampe and Michel Ignerski, and the sharpshooting guard Thomas Kelati.

The team got off to a poor start in Celje, Slovenia, losing 84-67 to Georgia. Next, they blew a 66-58 advantage with 2:41 to go against the Czech Republic and fell, 69-68.

They put forth a spirited performance against Croatia, coming back from an 18-point deficit late in the third quarter to twice trail by just one in the closing stages before suffering a 74-70 defeat.

Poland followed up an 89-53 mauling at the hands of Spain to thump hosts Slovenia, 71-61, but finished joint-21st in the 24-team tournament.

After the tournament, Bauermann returned to his post as Lietuvos Rytas boss and guided them to success in the qualifying tournament for the one remaining spot on offer for the Turkish Airlines Euroleague.

After a disappointing Regular Season in the competition that saw the Lithuanian club fail to advance to the Top 16, the team and Bauermann parted ways.

FIBA

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