Kovac Signs For Hajduk
Croatia under-21s manager Niko Kovac has resigned from his post with the national side to take over 1. HNL side Hajduk Split, effective immediately. This comes very quickly after the sacking of Miso Krsticevic, almost as if this move was planned.
This is Kovac's first senior club management job, although he has managed the youth side at Red Bull Salzburg, as well as being the assistant manager there for the 2011-12 season. He left after that campaign, to join Croatia and their under-21 side last month. He did not play a game in charge of the under-21s, and obviously feels Hajduk is a job much more suited to his talents. His lack of club management experience has lead some critics to wonder whether this appointment is the right one for Hajduk, but after seven years without winning the league, Hajduk have to try something different, and Kovac could be just the man for the job. He has been around for a long time, and has seen how a lot of clubs are run, so is expected to use the best of each club at Hajduk as he aims to take them to the very top of world football.
Kovac is rumoured to be on £1.1k per week until the end of June 2013. This gives him just over a year to prove himself to the hierarchy at Bili and earn a new contract with the club from Split. Many fans are hoping that he can guide their team to their first league success since 2005, and break Dinamo's spell of dominance.