|11 December 2013|
|Former Austrian Coach Nedeljko Asceric was shown the door at Szolnoki despite leading them to a famous victory over Partizan in the Adriatic League at the weekend|
The tenure of Serbian-Austrian coach Nedeljko Asceric at Szolnoki Olaj came to an end on Wednesday, exactly a year after he had assumed the reins of the Hungarian EuroChallenge club.
"Szolnoki Olaj KK and head coach Nedeljko Asceric agreed today to terminate their contract by mutual consent," a laconic statement on the club's official website announced shortly after midday on Wednesday.
The statement offered no reasons for the divorce, but it stipulated that former assistant coaches Dragan Aleksic and Andrius Jurkunas are promoted with immediate effect to take charge of the team.
Szolnoki suffered a surprise 76-68 loss to BC Mures at home in Group H action on Tuesday night but the result had no damaging consequences to their EuroChallenge campaign, as they secured a place in the Last 16 thanks to their favourable head-to-head with the Romanian side.
The Hungarian team hold a 3-2 record in the EuroChallenge Regular Season and are still in a position to top their group, provided they defeat Tsmoki Minsk by nine points or more next Tuesday.
In the Adriatic League meanwhile, Szolnoki claimed a famous 76-71 win over reigning champions Partizan Belgrade at the weekend and improved to 4-7 in the standings, maintaining healthy options for a spot in the play-offs.
Asceric was still the head coach of the Austrian national team when he was handed the reins of Szolnoki on 10 December 2012, replacing long-serving Hungarian coach Péter Pór at the helm.
The following day, in their first game under their new coach, Szolnoki defeated BC Timisoara and clinched a spot in the Last 16 of the EuroChallenge.
Szolnoki however did not advance past that stage in the European competition, while they also failed to make the play-offs in the Adriatic league.
Asceric took charge of Austria in spring 2008 and held the role until last January, when he was replaced by Werner Sallomon.
Szolnoki's next game is away at Mega Vizura in Adriatic league action on Saturday night.