INTERNATIONAL | PARTIZAN BELGRADE
Ex-Rayo and Alaves player, Ivan Tomic set to coach Partizan
The 39 year old former Yugoslav international will take the reins of the Serbian club as the Super Liga takes it's Winter break next week.
Former AS Roma, Alaves and Rayo Vallecano player, Ivan Tomic is set to be the next coach of Serbian side Partizan Belgrade report sources in the Balkan state. The appointment of the 39 year old former player is set to be confirmed during the traditional winter break which commences after next week's last round of league fixtures. Tomic played over 300 times for the Belgrade club and is also a former sporting director at the 'crno-beli' club and will take over after the turmoil Thursday's exit from the Europa lLeague has caused.
The club are still recovering from last Thursday's shock exit at the hands of Augsburg which saw the Serbian club crash out of the Europa League. The entire Partizan board stepped down after a 3-1 home defeat by German side. The decision was announced on Friday by the club's general director Milos Vazura on Friday.
"The managing board resigned collectively last night and I will head the club in a technical capacity until the club calls an assembly within 30 days to elect a new leadership," Vazura stated. "This is a difficult time for Partizan because we had vested all our hopes in European success after poor performances in the Serbian league.
"We don't want to blame the players but had they got the result they needed, we wouldn't have had to resign." Thursday's elimination from the Europa League group stage rounded off a poor first half of the season for Serbian champions Partizan, who trail leaders and bitter city foes Red Star by 24 points in the country's 16-team first division.
Partizan seemed to be cruising for their first appearance in European competition past the winter break since 2005 after Aboubakar Oumaru gave them an early lead against Augsburg.
But the German side hit back to advance, edging out Partizan on overall goal difference, having finished level on nine points with the Serbian side and an identical head-to-head record after
Partizan fans directed volleys of verbal abuse at the players after the final whistle, while they also called the board to step down.