London City on the hunt for a new coach
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By Jonathon Brodie/London Community News / Twitter: @jonathonbrodie
The perpetual change of the new era of the London City Soccer Club kept evolving Friday (July 13) with the announcement of head coach Stanislav Zvezdic most likely stepping down from his bench boss duties.
The eight-year pro coach — this season marking his first in Canada — left for Serbia last week to surprise his family for his son’s first birthday, but now looks to be staying home for what London City is calling “a private matter.”
“At this point we don’t anticipate he’s coming back,” said Kathleen Keating, director of operations for the team. “We’re starting to look for another coach.”
London City will be travelling down the road to play the Windsor Stars (4-3-1) tomorrow (July 14) and the team is looking within itself to find people to fill the field general hole with co-captains Nenad Begovic and Mike Marcoccia taking the reigns.
“(Begovic), the captain, will be looking after training and doing what he can until we can think of another coach,” Keating said, adding Begovic will be doing everything from managing team training to choosing players in the starting lineup. “He’s not going to be called the coach, he’s not manning the bench. He’s still the captain, he’s still participating, but (Begovic) is taking on those duties and Mike is helping him.”
The revolving door just keeps spinning this year for London City, starting with the takeover of the team by new owner Andrew Crowe before the season started, to new players being sprinkled into the lineup almost every other week, and now the departure of their coach at the midway point of the 2012 season.
Midfielders Christian Salamanca and Milos Janikic, along with defenceman Milan Janikic, are the latest to be removed from the local soccer club roster, included in the announcement Friday.
London City has acquired three new players to be announced at a later date.
With 12 games left on SC’s schedule, the team should be focusing on a playoff push rather than continuing to search for some sort of semblance of a team.
Currently, London (in 13th place) sits eight points away from the Serbian White Eagles who are holding on to the eighth and final spot of the Canadian Soccer League postseason.
“We have our eye on the playoffs, absolutely,” Keating said. “The team is solid, the team stands behind (Stanislav) and wishes him well and the team is ready to keep playing.”
London has played their last three games on the road, picking up a 0-1-2 record during that time, and will wrap up the travelling against Windsor Saturday.
SC returns home July 20, after more than a month layoff playing at Cove Field, to faceoff against the St. Catharine’s Roma Wolves starting at 8:30 p.m. London still has yet to pick up a victory at home, with their only win on the season coming on the road.
“You must change something,” Begovic said. “The owner and the guys who lead the team, they think maybe we need some changes."
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