Rostov Hand Reins To Filipovski

Lokomotiv Rostov will not be advancing to the Quarter-Finals of the EuroChallenge but that hasn't stopped the club from making headlines this week.

The Russian outfit has appointed former Union Olimpia and PGE Turow boss Sašo Filipovski as their new coach.

Filipovski, who led Turow to a surprise Final Eight appearance in last year's ULEB Cup, and to a runner-up finish in Poland's top flight, had been a candidate to replace Ales Pipan as Slovenia coach earlier this year.

The general director of Lokomotiv Rostov, Andrew Vedischev, spoke about the appointment on the Rostov website.

"We have invited a young, ambitious coach," Vedischev said.

"The contract with him runs until the end of the season with a possible extension for another year.

"Filipovski was at a good school in Slovenia (Olympia) and Poland (Turow).

"He began his coaching career at 29 years of age and twice led Olympia to the national championship, and led the team in the Euroleague Top 16."

Vedischev revealed that Rostov, who are 2-3 in the EuroChallenge Top 16 with one game remaining against Proteas EKA AEL, had been tracking Filipovski for some time.

He became available at the end of January, PGE Turow confirmed to Basketball World News, when his contract expired at Turow and the club decided they wanted to part with Filipovski.

"Looking at the market, there weren't many high class coaches that could lead our team but Filipovski is certainly one who does have class," Vedischev said. "We have long followed this specialist.

"Even in the summer we wanted to have him but he wasn't able to leave Turow."

Rostov will have a new look with Filipovski in charge.

Daniel Yusup had been at the helm of the team.

"The most important thing to be done with a new coach is to change the pattern of our game and help players grow," Vedischev said.

"He is ready to work. He has no fear of a difficult situation in which we find ourselves in."

Rostov are in seventh place in Russia's top flight but are trying to improve that position for the play-offs.

They are 2-3 in Top 16 Group K with Cajasol Sevilla and Ural Great but have no chance of progressing because even if they win against Proteas next week, Rostov would lose a goal (points) differential tie-breaker against Cajasol or Ural Great.


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