Marijan Pušnik has decided never to coach on home soil again: ‘Slovenia is already a closed book in my coaching career!’
Marijan Pušnik, one of the most prominent Slovenian coaches since independence, has decided that he will certainly never again practice his profession in the country where he was born, grew up and made his name. But that doesn’t mean he is no longer interested in coaching. Marijan Pušnik says he wants to return, but certainly not to Slovenia.
“I don’t even bother to get my name in the gossip. As far as abroad is concerned, I am still interested and there are some contacts, I am interested in both Europe and the Middle East, but as far as Slovenia is concerned, I can only say: ‘Never again’. Slovenia is a closed book in my coaching career,“, said 63-year-old Marijan Pušnik, who last managed Rudar from Velenje and before that also sat on the bench at Olimpija, Celje and Maribor, in an interview with Sportal.
The expert, who also has experience in Croatia (Hajduk), Japan (Avispa Fukuoka) and Iran (Pasargad Tehran, Damash Gilan), explained why he took such a drastic decision.Because things have changed in Slovenian football. I won’t say for better or worse, but sometimes we coaches and sport directors decided who would come and who would play. Now it is different, now it is much more chaotic. When I was a coach, the management of my club didn’t give a damn about which player I would pick and call up. All they cared about was that the paperwork was in order and that there was enough money for compensation. At that time, you had a good feeling as a coach because you knew that the players you chose were playing. They were tested, proven players. Today, this is no longer the case.”
Marijan Pušnik also believes that Slovenian football is absolutely too much in the clutches of football agents.I get the feeling that they decide who plays in the clubs, not the coaches or the management. That is absurd to me, it has gone too far.”
This text was automatically translated using AI.