At a telephone session on Thursday, the Board of Directors of the Croatian Handball Federation (HRS) accepted the resignation of the coach of the men's senior national team, Lino Červar, and appointed his current assistant Hrvoje Horvat as his successor.
Lino Červar, who is also the Coordinator for men's handball, proposed three candidates for the new coach to the Board of Directors, along with Hrvoje Horvat, the candidates were Slavko Goluža and Ivano Balić.
It was determined that Ivano Balić, unfortunately, does not have the necessary diploma to fill the position. Of the two remaining candidates, the Board of Directors decided by a majority vote, with one vote against, one abstention and one non-declaration of a member who is busy with work duties, to maintain continuity in the work of the national team and appoint Hrvoje Horvat.
“Thanks to the Board for trusting me, I am extremely happy. I would also like to thank the entire Croatian Handball Federation for these eight years of working with younger groups and as an assistant to Lino Červar. Through all those years, I have gathered a lot of experience and knowledge and I believe that it will help me lead the Croatian men's senior national team. Thanks, of course, to Mr. Lino Červar for proposing me. I am aware of how much responsibility and obligation it is, but I believe that I can respond to all challenges and successfully lead Croatia,” said Horvat, whose first coaching task will be to pass the qualifying group for the Olympic Games in Tokyo in early March.
In the qualification group in Montpellier, Croatia will play with the hosts France, Portugal and Tunisia, and qualification for the Olympics will be won by the two first-placed national teams in the tournament.