Janković comes home to Crvena zvezda

Aleksandar Janković has come back for a second spell as FK Crvena zvezda coach, with the 40-year-old Serbia Under-21 boss saying: "I am a child of Crvena zvezda."

Aleksandar Janković is back for a second spell as Crvena zvezda coach
Aleksandar Janković is back for a second spell as Crvena zvezda coach ©KSC Lokeren OV

Serbia Under-21 coach Aleksandar Janković has replaced Robert Prosinečki as coach of FK Crvena zvezda with a UEFA Europa League play-off against FC Girondins de Bordeaux looming. 

Janković, who previously coached the Belgrade side in 2007/08, comes in a day after Prosinečki left the club by mutual consent. The 40-year-old will coach Crvena zvezda and the Serbia U21s in tandem until the end of 2013 UEFA European U21 Championship qualifying, and said: "I have arrived at a very sensitive time for Crvena zvezda. We have not got much time to speak because the domestic league has already started and a most important European test lies ahead."

A trainee at Crvena zvezda until injury brought an early end to his playing career, Janković worked as assistant to Slavoljub Muslin before taking sole command at 'Red Star'. He then coached in Belgium with KSC Lokeren OV, taking up the Serbia U21 role in 2010. "I had no hesitation when I got the call from my club," said Janković about his return. "I am a child of Crvena zvezda and this is an advantage for me. I will continue where Robert Prosinečki left off, with the same energy he brought to the job."

Meanwhile, Crvena zvezda have announced that they have released midfielder Evandro from his contract, with the Brazilian heading home after two years in Belgrade.