Marko Šuler responds to critics: ‘How long has Barcelona been struggling? How much did Manchester City invest to get to something?”
Maribor is struggling, and the voice of the fans is getting louder. Many blame the situation mainly on the sport director, who is convinced that the criticism is unjustified. Marko Šuler says that those who criticise should be more objective and admit that everything he has done in the last period has not been bad.
“Already during the previous set, which was here in my playing days, it was pointed out that with such successes in such a set-up concept, there can be difficult moments. Zlatko was already saying this in those days. And we had a great balance in our account! Look at the bigger clubs. How long did Barcelona struggle? How much did Manchester City invest to get to something? What is PSG doing that it can’t do? Why did Ajax sell half the team? That someone has lined their pockets? I don’t think so. This is essential. They operate at a much higher level, but the concept is similar to ours. Things are changing in the market. Why was Maribor able to react like that in those days? As we were on our own, there was no serious competitor,” said Marko Šuler in interview for Večer.
The former Slovenian national player also highlighted the things that were done well under his leadership: ”When I mentioned how much I wanted to sell Vipotnik for, half of Slovenia laughed at me. When we brought in Brnić, it was a mockery that we were bringing in a player from the second Croatian league. It is also necessary to be a little bit fair, to admit that we have done something after all. It doesn’t happen overnight, you can’t hit everything.”
Marko Šuler: “We are turning ourselves upside down, looking for solutions”
Marko Šuler also admitted that Maribor has problems with recruitment because of the financially strong Olimpija and Celje: “Neither I, nor the coach, nor the team are throwing sand in each other’s eyes. We can find solutions with what we have, we no longer have such a primacy in Slovenia that we can bring whoever we want. We tried with two or three players, but we didn’t even get close. Economic power relations are changing. In the long term, it cannot be sustained except with private capital. We have had many stories in Slovenia that have gone the wrong way, clubs have even closed. I dare not do such a thing in Maribor. Yes, we had a lot of problems. It has to be admitted that five or six players were unavailable due to injuries. Take as many from another team. If you take one, it’s something to take, but when you play important games like Celje and Olimpija without half of your first 11, it means something. But we were still close! We are throwing ourselves around, we are looking for solutions, and cutting heads off is not yet for me.”
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