FK Crvena Zvezda have parted company with coach Zoran Filipovic after a disappointing season in Serbia and Montenegro.
The 50-year-old, who took charge in September 2001, saw his side finish runners-up to champions FK Partizan and then lose in the cup final to FK Sartid last Thursday. "I shall go on vacation,” said Filipovic. "I am tired and must relax. Luck was not on our side."
Filipovic, who gave first-team opportunities to youngsters like Dragan Mrdja, Dejan Milovanovic, Dusan Basta and Bosko Jankovic, was proud of his young team. "They are the future for Zvezda. One season is nothing in comparison with the next five."
The coach, who spent seven years as a player with Crvena Zvezda between 1974 and 1981, added: "
I wish all the best for club, my heart belongs to Zvezda." In a long career, Filipovic has coached in Portugal and Italy as well as being assistant to the national team trainer on two occasions.
No replacement yet
He has been linked with a position in charge of the Egyptian national team but said "it's too early to speak about that". Dragan Dzajic, the club's president, said: "A season without a trophy is not good for us. We must move forward, I want us to be strong in Europe."