Following an eight defeat in a row, La Liga strugglers Cordoba finally sacked head coach Miroslav Djukic. The 2-0 loss leaves the Andalusians seven points from safety in their first season of the tournament in the top flight for 43 years.
The loss to Malaga was the final thing that determined the club to make the decisions, and Djukic has been sacked from his first-team coach reign at Cordoba.
“Cordoba FC have this afternoon sacked first-team coach Miroslav Djukic,”, the club officially stated at the press conference on Monday (16/3). “The club thanks to Djukic for the work. Effort and dedication he put into development of his duties and wishes him luck for the future.” And following the decision, youth team coach Jose Antonio Romero will take charge until a successor is found for 49-year-old Djukic.
Djukic started his coaching career in 2006 following his notable senior career in Deportivo de la Coruna and Valencia, amassing La Liga totals of 368 games and 11 goals, and winning six major title for the two clubs combined. He owned the helm of Valencia in 2013 but relieved of his duties on the end of the year following the team’s eighth loss of the season, and left his side in ninth place.
Former Barcelona, Chelsea and Spain defender was revealed as the successor of Albert Ferrer as Cordoba coach in October 2014. The club appointed Djukic after the previous coach had failed to win a single match since the club’s return to the top tier this season. Ferrer was unable to lead the club to their first La Liga win after eight games, leading to the club hire Real Valladiold and Valencia coach to salvage their season and keep them in the Primera.
While Djukic did eventually lead Cordoba to their first La Liga win of this century, he was unable to convert the team’s strong performances into wins. And it means that this is the second plunder of his coaching career.
Following Sunday (15/3) defeat, Djukic appeared in defiant mode, telling in a press conference, “The team has given everything and has lost to a great team. The group has fought, and had their chances, but we have not taken advantage,” he said.
During the press conference, there was a strong indication that he is not entirely to blame for Cordoba for Cordoba currently being bottom of La Liga, and he suggested,” when you change manager twice and things do not change, it’s symptomatic that there are other mistakes.” Furthermore he admitted that the team is in a difficult situation, but he is sure that the men will fight and fight until the end, even though he is actually will miss the fights.