Serb Bozicic quits MBU

...His countryman interpreter Doreilovic also on the move

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer

Friday, December 30, 2016

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TUCKER, St James — Serbian, Slavisa Bozicic has stepped down as the coach of Red Stripe Premier League leaders Montego Bay United, club President Orville Powell confirmed to the Jamaica Observer yesterday.


The 50-year-old, who took over the club in July this year, has returned to his native Serbia, and Powell said Dillon Thelwell, who has understudied several coaches over the last two years, will be in charge when the competition resumes next month.


The MBU boss said a number of issues, including Bozicic’s failure to easily communicate with the players and the decision by Zvezdan Doreilovic, who acted as his interpreter, to return home might have been the breaking point.


"Zvezdan got homesick and asked to return home," Powell said, suggesting that could be the reason Bozicic also left as he "had some difficulty getting his points across and Zvezdan was his interpreter".


During his stint, Bozicic took MBU to the top of the tables with a record of 11 wins, but Powell, who is known for his fondness of overseas-based coaches, said he was not in a rush to find another just yet.


"Dillon has been a student for the past two years and it’s only fair that he be given the chance to show what he can do, so for now he will be the man in charge," Powell noted.


Thelwell has had short stints in charge of the team, with MBU changing several coaches since he came on board.


Bozicic was the 10th coach to guide the team since the 2011-12 season when they returned to the island’s top club competition after winning the JFF’s Confederation play-offs.


Hugh Solomon was in charge for a few games in the first season before Brazilian Nedier dos Santos took over and lasted until the first six games of the second season when he walked away after a series of losses.


Dr Dean Weatherly, Donovan Duckie, American Timothy Hankinson — who was in charge at the start of last season — Spaniard Carlos Garcia, Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis and a second Brazilian, Leonardo Neiva have also been in charge at one stage or the other over the last five years.


— Paul Reid

 

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