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Magiera succeeds Hasi as Legia Warszawa coach

Struggling in the Ekstraklasa and beaten 6-0 on matchday one, Legia Warszawa have turned to their former midfielder Jacek Magiera to kick-start their season, handing him a two-year deal.

Jacek Magiera is paraded as the new Legia coach
Jacek Magiera is paraded as the new Legia coach ©mkostrzewa-legia.com

Legia Warszawa have appointed their former player Jacek Magiera as coach on a two-year contract.

Magiera, 39, replaces Besnik Hasi, who only took charge in the summer but left his post by mutual consent earlier this week after a disappointing run of results in the Ekstraklasa and a 6-0 UEFA Champions League drubbing by Borussia Dortmund. Legia visit Sporting CP in Group F on Tuesday.

Magiera, who has an option for a further 12 months, assumes control of a team with ten points from as many Ekstraklasa fixtures this term. Caretaker Aleksandar Vuković presided over the 0-0 draw with Wisła Kraków on Friday.

As a defensive midfielder, Magiera scored 19 goals in 232 appearances for the Army Men in all competitions between 1997 and 2006. Magiera has also served as an assistant to several Legia coaches and managed the club's reserve side.

"I've returned home after short spell away," said Magiera at his presentation on Saturday. "Legia have always been in my heart. I was most recently in charge of Zagłębie Sosnowiec, but Legia is the only team I could have left Zagłębie for. I hope it is the beginning of something positive."