Telemach First League has turned into a real coaching frenzy: more than half of the clubs have decided to change their bench
Players’ or coaches’ market? In Telemach First League is definitely leading in the last few weeks. If Zoran Zeljković does indeed sit on the bench of Olimpija, it will mean that more than half of the competition in the current season will have already made coaching changes! Some have replaced their captains in exchange for compensation, others have been blown out of office by poor results, and there is one who wanted to quit after only a quarter of the championship, mainly because of incidents of one kind or another.
Let’s recall that the first to change coach was the Yellow Family, where Simon Rozman and sporting director Senijad Ibričić left the club at the beginning of August after an offer from Sarajevo. Just three days later, they were replaced by Dušan Kosić, an old acquaintance of the Slovenian Premier League. It continued in Fazanerija, when Vladimir Vermezović was presented at the beginning of September. Less than a month later, they were followed in Ljudski vrt, when the 16-time champions saw the return of old friend Ante Šimundža to the bench after Damir Krznar’ s leg. The latter is for Maribor has been a familiar quality with his many successes in the past, and he has already proven himself with a win on his debut.
In the city of Knez, where the coach was actually replaced before the start of the season (Roman Pilipčuk), despite a successful start to the season, were unable to resist an offer from the French second league Bordeaux, where Albert Riera has expectedly joined Žan Vipotnik, while Damir Krznar has moved to the top of the championship ladder and only 60 kilometres away from his former employer. Two days later, Joao Henriques was waved goodbye at the Dragon’s Nest, where the search for his successor is currently active, but so far they have had a few rejections from established coaching names. Zoran Zeljković could become the new coach of Olimpija, which means that there could be a change on the bench of Koper, which is expected to be taken over by Safet Hadžić.
Drobne says goodbye and changes his mind
At the end of the list there is the Rogaska team with Oskar Drobne at the head, who said a few days ago that he was going to retire, but has now apparently changed his mind. He confirmed to the sports daily Ekipa that he is staying on, adding in the same breath: “We will no longer appear in public as a club. We will say no more. We have learned our lesson. A bit ‘harder’. No one can do anything for us. We will keep moving forward, we will only focus on work. On the playground. We will no longer spend our energy and nerves on extraneous things that are not. But we have realised that you cannot change anything. The rest of the league didn’t support us. At least not publicly. If Maribor and Olimpija do it, it’s a completely different story. A new dimension, but it hasn’t happened, instead everyone is complaining about the misfortune of a small club. That’s the way it is in Slovenia. We will also accept this game, and we will move on.”
After a quarter of the championship, the coaching staff has been well shaken up, some of them have just changed their environment, others are new or have returned after an absence. We can certainly expect some more changes on the coaching benches in the Telemach First League before the end of the season, but at the same time the dilemma arises which of the newcomers will devise the best strategy and finally take the reins.
This text was automatically translated using AI.