FK Željezničar have reacted to posting their lowest finish since the inception of Bosnia-Herzegovina's Premijer Liga by appointing Amar Osim as coach for the second time.
The 41-year-old led the Sarajevo club to the domestic double in 2001, the title the following year and the Bosnian Cup in 2003. Željezničar also got to the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round in the 2002/03 campaign before falling to Newcastle United FC. Those days appear distant, though, after the team finished ninth last term, being forced to fight against relegation until late in the season.
Indeed, the statistics made grim reading for the three-time Bosnia-Herzegovnian and one-time Yugoslavian champions. The number of goals they scored, 30 in as many matches, had never been so low while they picked up just two points on their travels from 15 games. Nevertheless, Osim is confident he can haul the side back to where he insists they belong.
"I have returned to try and help Željezničar get where they were seven years ago," he said. "Of course it won't be easy. We will need time because all the other clubs have raised the quality of their squads. Our main aim is to build a team that will play much better football and bring the fans back to the Grbavica Stadium." Osim will have to make a quick impact, however, with the Premijer Liga calendar starting on 1 August. His first major derby, against city rivals FK Sarajevo, will come in the 13th round of matches on 7 November, two weeks before the first half of the season ends.
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