Ante Šimundža stresses that he will play a big role in future recruitment of Maribor: It will be the same in Ljudski vrt as it was in Mura
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The winter transfer window is still some time away, but it is not surprising that clubs – including Slovenian ones – are already thinking about their moves in the upcoming market. Having said that, it will certainly be interesting to see what moves he will pull Maribor. Many things have changed at Ljudski vrt with the arrival of a new coach, and Ante Šimundža has made it clear that he will have the main say in future recruitment.
Maribor also has a sporting director, of course, and Marko Šuler was able to override many of the wishes of former coach Damir Krznar in the past. It will be interesting to see how he will work with the new coach, but Ante Šimundza has made no secret of his desire to have a major say in the recruitment process.
Ante Šimundža: ‘They need to know what Maribor is’
“The sports part of the Mura was completely mine – including the players. That will be the case here too,” said Ante Šimundža in an interview for Večer, who before returning to Štajerska worked in Bulgaria, where he sat on the bench of Ludogorets.
“In Mura I had a sport director, here there is a sport director, both were my bosses. I was looking for players in Mura in agreement with the sport director and taking into account the club’s abilities. Or we looked for them. That will be the case here too. The sporting director and the financial capacity of the club are one thing, my wishes are another, but we need to find the best options for the team to move forward,” continued 52-year-old Ante Šimundža.
And what kind of players does the former Slovenian national team player want to see in his wardrobe in the future? “The players who come here have to know what Maribor is, what the DNA of the club is. It’s not easy, but we need to have a team in the locker room that infects the newcomers with this mentality, not the other way around,” concluded Ante Šimundža.
This text was automatically translated using AI.