Jarolím handed Czech Republic reins

Karel Jarolím has been appointed as the Czech Republic's new head coach after agreeing to leave Mladá Boleslav following UEFA Europa League qualifying.

Karel Jarolím will leave Mladá Boleslav next month
Karel Jarolím will leave Mladá Boleslav next month ©Ondřej Zlámal

Karel Jarolím has been appointed Czech Republic coach after agreeing to leave Mladá Boleslav.

Jarolím, 59, has signed a two-year contract with an option to extend the terms until 2020. The anointed successor to Pavel Vrba, Jarolím will remain in charge of Mladá Boleslav until 25 August to lead them in UEFA Europa League qualifying.

"A coach who has achieved great results is coming – I believe he can be as successful with our national team," Football Association of the Czech Republic (FAČR) chairman Miroslav Pelta said. "The first step is to create a side that can fight for FIFA World Cup qualification."

Former midfielder Jarolím guided Slavia Praha to Czech titles in 2008 and 2009 as well as a UEFA Champions League group stage debut. He has also plied his trade in Slovakia and Saudi Arabia. The father of players Lukáš and David Jarolím, he steered Mladá Boleslav to victory in the 2015/16 Czech Cup.

"I take the offer as an appreciation of my work," Jarolím said. "We need to assemble a group of players highly motivated to play to their best. We need to get it together and perform in a way that would secure a successful result in our opening game."

That first match will be at home to Northern Ireland on 4 September as they kick off World Cup qualifying, with holders Germany also in Group C. At UEFA EURO 2016, the Czechs finished bottom of their section with one point.