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Brnović aims for third time lucky with Montenegro

Published: Tuesday 24 December 2013, 20.37CET
Branko Brnović says Montenegro, with their emerging talent, are aiming for a UEFA EURO 2016 spot after the 50-year-old agreed a contract extension running to the end of qualifying.
Brnović aims for third time lucky with Montenegro
Montenegro coach Branko Brnović has signed a two-year contract extension ©Savo Prelević
 
Published: Tuesday 24 December 2013, 20.37CET

Brnović aims for third time lucky with Montenegro

Branko Brnović says Montenegro, with their emerging talent, are aiming for a UEFA EURO 2016 spot after the 50-year-old agreed a contract extension running to the end of qualifying.

Branko Brnović will lead Montenegro through UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying after signing a two-year contract extension.

"I feel honoured and privileged to remain on the Montenegro bench," said Brnović after committing to continuing in a post he assumed in October 2011. He guided Montenegro to the UEFA EURO 2012 play-offs, losing out to the Czech Republic, and his side were in contention for the 2014 FIFA World Cup before ending with back-to-back losses.

"I hope me and my team will do what we have almost done in last two qualifying campaigns and seal our passage to a major finals," said Brnović, 46. "We have a core of the team at my disposal for the next qualifying campaign, with several young players coming through who can strengthen competition for starting places, which is very important."

Under Brnović, Montenegro have had 14 official matches, with four wins, four draws and six defeats. The last two losses were particularly damaging, the team going down 4-1 at Wembley and 5-2 at home to Moldova as England and Ukraine pushed them down to third in their 2014 World Cup qualifying section. They will discover their 2016 qualifying opponents on 23 February.

Last updated: 25/12/13 18.26CET

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