Igor Barišić sacks Henriques, but also blames players for poor form: ‘They don’t give what we expect from them on the field’
When results are not as expected, the coach pays the price in most cases. This was also the case Olimpija, where Joao Henriques had to say goodbye on Friday. But Igor Barišić, the Ljubljana club’s commercial director, told a press conference at which Olimpija should have present the new coach but did not, also pointed the finger of blame at the players.
“The coach doesn’t play football, the players do. Olimpija has the best staff in Slovenia. Some players have signed the best contracts of their careers, but now they are not giving what we expect from them on the field. We will not allow them to be in a comfort zone. We have kept key players, fended off million-dollar offers to get a historic result. And we did. But it’s not just Europe that matters now, it’s also the championship,” began Igor Barišić, the right-hand man of club president Adam Delius.
Igor Barišić: ‘This is unacceptable’
The official, who is based in Munich, Germany, continued.The conditions for the players are at the level of the German Bundesliga. Everything from physiotherapists, travel, hotels. We have taken it all to the next level. That is why I cannot accept their excuses. That you can play in Istanbul, but you can’t play against Bravo… This is unacceptable. We are above the average not only in the Slovenian league, but also in the Croatian league. That’s why they have to do their business. Everything is at a professional level.”
Finally, Barisic confirmed once again that the blame does not lie solely on Portugal’s shoulders: “We play every three, four days, but that’s no excuse, it’s their job. We have a wide enough staff and nobody cares if someone is tired. Their job is to play football. Of course they are tired, but that is their job. They need to ask themselves whether they are players for Olimpija or not. Otherwise, there will always be teams like Brinje Grosuplje or Krka where they can play. Olimpija should be champions every year, that’s why we came to the club. We always talk about the coach’s responsibility, but it was not only the coach who was to blame for Olimpija not finishing first.”
This text was automatically translated using AI.