|21 May 2013|
|Jasmin Repesa looks set to be patrolling the sidelines in Slovenia|
Croatia's head coach Jasmin Repesa is expected to pace the sidelines at EuroBasket 2013 after Spanish club Unicaja Malaga announced on Tuesday that they would not renew their collaboration with the tactician.
Repesa had clarified in an interview with fibaeurope.com last week that he would not guide his national team at September's show-piece event in Slovenia should Malaga decide to take the second year option on the 1+1 contract between the two parties.
In a laconic statement, Malaga said that the club's administration council had met on Monday night and decided to not prolong their collaboration with Repesa into the coming season.
Malaga lost away to FC Barcelona in their final game of the Spanish Liga Endesa Regular Season on Sunday and consequently finished in ninth place and did not qualify for the play-offs; the Andalusian side did however have a deep run in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague, finishing with a 7-7 record in the Top 16 of the competition.
The Spanish club have thanked Repesa for the 'effort and dedication he showed during this season and wish him every kind of success in his future professional steps.'
The 52-year-old coach led Croatia to top spot in their EuroBasket Qualification Round group last summer with a perfect 8-0 record and arrived in Malaga already before their last game against Austria on 11 September, when the target of qualifying had already been secured.
Croatia were impressive in their qualifying campaign despite the fact they had a number of high-profile absences, such as Barcelona center Ante Tomic and Zalgiris Kaunas guard Marko Popovic, and the experienced tactician received praise for re-introducing a winning mentality in a side that had disappointed its fans at EuroBasket 2011 with a shocking first-round exit.
Repesa, whose first stint at the helm of the national team lasted from 2005 to 2009, has stated to fibaeurope.com that he expects all eligible players to be available for selection on the Croatia squad that will travel to EuroBasket.
Croatia were drawn in First Round Group C and will do battle for a top-three finish and a ticket to the Second Round with hosts Slovenia, reigning European champions Spain, Georgia, Poland and the Czech Republic.