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Montenegro Coaches Step Down

23.09.2014
BASKETBALL IN EUROPE
Montenegro head coach Luka Pavicevic
Luka Pavicevic as the national team head coach of Montenegro

The Basketball Federation of Montenegro (KSCG) announced on Monday that it has accepted the resignations of both senior national team head coach Luka Pavicevic and U20 team coach Mihailo Pavicevic.

The two coaches submitted their resignations to the KSCG board, which convened on Monday to assess the summer campaigns of Montenegro's national teams on all levels.

The senior Montenegrin team finished behind Israel and the Netherlands in Group B of the EuroBasket 2015 2nd Qualifying Round and consequently failed to earn a place in next year's big event.

The U20 national team meanwhile went through the shock of being relegated to Division B during last July's U20 European Championship on Crete.

In a brief statement, Luka Pavicevic expressed his gratitude to the KSCG and to the players who responded to his call and worked with him during his tenure at the national team.

The 48-year-old coach went on to the assume responsibility for the failure to steer Montenegro to their third consecutive EuroBasket tournament, adding that: "I'm leaving with the regret that we did not achieve the goals which were set at my arrival in the position, goals, which were not unrealistic at all."

"Upon the expiration of my duties, I feel the need to express my great satisfaction, not only for what I have been through during the past three years as the head of a challenging long-term sports project but also as a part of a very human, devoted sporting family, to which I sincerely wish the best of success in the future," the tactician concluded.

Pavicevic was handed the reins of the senior national team in December 2011, replacing Dejan Radonjic at the helm following the EuroBasket in September of that year.

Under Pavicevic, Montenegro did not advance past the first round of EuroBasket 2013, just like it had happened under Radonjic two years previously in Lithuania.

"The KSCG board honours the former national selector for his professionalism and relentless work with the team," the federation said in a statement on their official website.

"However, since whenever goals are not achieved actions should be taken in order to create space for change and additional mobilization in this sports federation, the KSCG has accepted the decision of Luka Pavicevic to step down.

"The board once again points to the need for a responsible attitude from each individual involved in the activities of the Federation, in particular the necessity of full loyalty to the national team and Montenegro as a country," the statement added, in a clear reference to players who chose to not compete with the senior national team in the last two years.

"It has been emphasized that an invitation to the national team must be understood as an honour and an obligation, not towards the coach, but rather as a responsibility towards a player's team-mates, the fans and the nation of Montenegro.

"The KSCG will, together with the future coach of the national team, insist on maximum affirmation of these values."

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