Croatia’s new football champion, Dinamo Zagreb is without a coach.
The club from Maksimir has decided to thank Nikola Jurčević for his services one round before the end of the championship in which the Blues have secured their 19th title, and ahead of the final match of the Croatian Football Cup in which Dinamo faces Hajduk on May 23rd.
Dinamo announced on its official website that “By decision of the GNK Dinamo executive board, Nikola Jurčević is no longer the head coach of the first team.”
Jurčević spent only two months on the Dinamo bench. He took over the team in mid-March when he replaced Mario Cvitanović. Under his leadership, the club had four wins, two draws, and four losses.
In the last four championship matches, the new Croatian champion did not manage to get a single win. After winning at the Poljud stadium in Split against Hajduk, this was followed by a home loss against Rijeka (0:1), a draw in Koprivnica against Slaven Belupo (2:2), and two away losses, against Lokomotiva (1:3) and Rudeš (0:1).
Jurčević from Rudeš to Rudeš
Interestingly Jurčević’s first championship match at the Dinamo helm this season was against Rudeš in the 26th round (Dinamo then won 2:0), his fate was also sealed in a match against Rudeš after which the club had no mercy for him.
Bjelica taking over Dinamo?
Numerous names are being mentioned for Dinamo’s fourth coach of the season, one of the more serious candidates being Nenad Bjelica. The former Lech Poznan coach has confirmed that he is negotiating with the Zagreb team.