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Hajduk Split - Awakening A European Giant

My Hajduk Split story :)
Started on 21 April 2013 by Blue
Latest Reply on 1 May 2013 by Blue
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Why Hajduk Split?

Since The FM Rookie's KuPS story earlier this year, I've wanted to do something similar, but with a different club. I know Croatia is a bit bigger than Finland, but I think it'll still be interesting. I also have a weird obsession with Croatia, and have wanted to try managing there for ages. Finally I've decided to take the plunge with Hajduk, as they have an awesome youth system, with players like Basic in the youth squad.

Who Am I?

I have decided to go for Croatia legend Niko Kovac. He hasn't had much managerial experience, however he is the Croatia U21s boss in real life. I will not be using them in the story too though. I may take a national job if it comes up though, and there are a couple open at the start of the game, which are Brunei and Singapore. If you think I should add a nation this early, leave a comment below.

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Good luck Blue! Will definitely be following! :)

EDIT: First comment! :D
Good luck Blue! :)

Not that you'll need it...
Very intresting stuff mate! Hujduk have dominated their league over the years but have slowed down over recent years. Will be nice to see you taking them back to where they belong!
Good luck mate, I will follow!
Good luck with this. I will be following :)
Great start mate! I will have a close eye on this story! This will be a great story in no time!
Good luck Blue, I think we are all looking forward to this! :)
Good luck. :)
I wasn't expecting such a great reaction so quickly :) thanks guys!
Good luck Blue. Can't wait to see your transfers, you always seem to get some quality players. Obviously looking forward to rest of the story too. :P
Good luck mate.

Hajduk Sack Krsticevic

Hajduk Split have confirmed that first team manager Miso Krsticevic has left the club after the board decided to terminate his contract after just a few months in the job. He took over from Krasimir Balakov in March, but failed to win Hajduk the league, as they finished as runners-up to rivals Dinamo, who secured their 14th title by 21 points over Hajduk.

Losing the league by so many points seems to be the reason Krsticevic is now out of a job, but it could also be down to the fact that the 54-year-old has failed to improve his squad enough for many pundits to believe they have a realistic chance of challenging for the Prva HNL title. The board has now decided that it is time to terminate Krsticevic's contract, and look for a new man to take charge and try to lead Hajduk to the highs they haven't experienced for a few years now.

Whoever comes in will face quite a sizable challenge with this Hajduk squad. The squad is far from the strength it has been in the past, and the finances are in one of the worst states ever. The club is only worth a predicted £2.6m, but the club from Split have a bank loan worth £6.5m that they need to repay. Repayment installments are expected to be started over the next few weeks, however that will just further decrease Hajduk's already minuscule balance. On the up side, the club's fantastic youth system means the club won't have to buy as many players.

Many unemployed managers have already distanced themselves from taking the job at the Stadion Poljud, leaving the odds-on favourite for the job as Niko Kovac, Croatia's under-21 manager. The former Hertha Berlin player has very little experience as a manager, however has help backroom staff roles at Red Bull Salzburg in Austria. It might not be the most ideal appointment for the Croatian team, but when so many managers have ruled themselves out of the running, there is not really much else they can do.
Nice update. Looking forward to seeing more of this.
I have an inkling Kovac might become manager, but I don't know why...

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