Ante Guberac explains why he didn’t fire Zeljković in the middle of the biggest crisis: ‘I didn’t see a single reason to replace him’
Koper preparing to host the old rival Olimpija. Ahead of Thursday’s match in Stožice, Ante Guberac, the first man of the coastal club, explained why he did not change the coach last season in the midst of the worst crisis. Zoran Zeljković is said to be “hanging on” at one point, with many media reporting that he could be out of a job. But Ante Guberac publicly confirmed it at the time, and even though the crisis cost Koper Europe in the end, the president of the seaside club is still proud that he made the decision he did.
“Why didn’t I change Zoran Zeljković? Because Koper wasn’t bad, but sporting luck deserted it. We had practically 10 injured players for the whole second half. The coach has made the team based on who is healthy and not on who deserves to play. Whoever was healthy played,“, Ante Guberac, who “controls” the Koper club together with his son Ivica Guberac, the sporting director of the yellow-blues, explained to Sportklub.
Ante Guberac: “It would not be correct”
The successful businessman, who has been involved in the activities of the Bonifikae club for many years, continued.It would not be correct to change the coach at such a moment. Especially because we were in the race for Europe right up to the last minutes of the season. V 90. In the first minute, Kotnik hits the post. If the ball had bounced into the net, Koper would have been in Europe and Zeljković would have achieved his goal. Maybe if Koper were trailing Domžale or Mura with ten rounds to go, we would have made a move to change the coach, but we were there the whole time. The coach was doing a good job, so we saw no reason to replace Zeljković.”
Today, Ante Guberac is happy to support the expert from Ljubljana: “We have changed and rejuvenated our team. The boys are giving more than we expected. It’s a new team, but it has settled in quickly, Zoran has put together a good squad. But I would like to reiterate what the coach said after the victory over Maribor. We can do much, much better. If we are healthy! Once the newcomers get their feet wet, it will be a better Koper again.”
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