Ivica Kalinić has been named as the new coach of HNK Hajduk Split, replacing Ante Miše, who stepped down in the aftermath of Sunday's 1-0 home defeat by NK Zadar.
The loss means Hajduk have yet to win in three matches in all competitions this term following a 1-1 draw with NK Osijek on the opening weekend of the Prva Liga season and an identical result against Slovakian outfit MŠK Žilina in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League third qualifying round tie. Miše said: "Congratulation to Zadar. I am resigning from my position as coach of Hajduk."
The six-time Croatian champions moved quickly to bring in a replacement, turning to the 53-year-old Kalinić, who had been in charge of HNK Šibenik since 2007. "It's a big honour but I have a lot of work to do," said Kalinić, who was on the Hajduk coaching staff when the team reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-final in 1995. "It's a challenge for me and I will do my best."
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