Slovenia Enter Post-Maljkovic Era

14 November 2013

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Slovenia head coach Bozidar Maljkovic
Slovenia head coach Bozidar Maljkovic has cited that he has no interest in resuming in the role, regardless of what offer is put forward on the table

The Slovenian Basketball Federation (KZS) confirmed on Thursday that, by mutual consent, the contract with senior national team head coach Bozidar Maljkovic will not be renewed into 2014.

According to the official KZS statement, no offer to extend the agreement which expired after September's EuroBasket was put on the table, as the 61-year-old Serbian play-caller expressed his wish to not continue in the role of national team head coach.

Maljkovic however has remained at the disposal of the federation to assist with future projects from a different post, which has not been specified at this stage.

"[KZS Secretary General] Iztok Rems, Raso Nesterovic and myself visited Bozidar in Belgrade and had a friendly conversation," explained Slovenian national teams manager Matej Avanzo.

"We summed up our co-operation during the past three years, which has been extremely correct, and also thanked him for his professionalism and everything he did for Slovenian basketball, including his confidence towards young players.

"Maljkovic himself expressed the wish to no longer coach the Slovenian national team, regardless of any offer."

The highly decorated veteran coach assumed the reins of the Slovenian national team in 2010 and led the nation to a seventh-place finish at EuroBasket 2011.

Under Maljkovic, Slovenia then took fifth place in last September's home EuroBasket and secured a direct berth to the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

"We had three wonderful years together," Maljkovic commented.

"I wish to thank the Federation, the players, the fans and the media for their fantastic attitude and great support during my tenure at the Slovenian national team.

"It is true I will no longer be the coach, but I'm not leaving from Slovenian basketball, as we will forever remain great friends.

"We had planned to rejuvenate Slovenian basketball and the plan paid off with the Dragic brothers, Jaka Blazic, Edo Muric and other names that will provide a bright future.

"I'm convinced that Slovenia, with a little bit of luck and a complete roster will also do well at the World Cup in Spain and will be among the favourites for the top spots

"Slovenia will always remain in my heart and my mind."

KZS will now commence the process for recruiting Maljkovic's successor to the post and selecting the coaching staff that will steer the national team into the 2014 World Cup, which tips off on 30 August.

 


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