The Croatian backroom team

backroomNew West Ham manager Slaven Bilic is likely to invite his old trusty pals Nikola Jurcevic and Aljosa Asanovic to link up with at West Ham as he forms his new back room team.

48 year old Nikola Jurčević is a retired Crotaian footballer player turned coach. He has been Bilic’s trusty assistant for the Croatian national team, Lokomotuv Moscow as well Besiktas more recently. Prior to that he managed smaller teams NK Zagreb, Dinamo Zagreb, SV Austria Salzburg, Slaven Belupo between 2002-2005.

49 year old Aljoša Asanović is another retired Croatian footballer best known from his time in the mid-to-late 90s when he played for Derby County and Croatia during  Euro 96 and the 1998 World Cup. He was nicknamed “Vatreni Lakat” (meaning “fiery elbow”) for his style of running with elbow pointed out, moving opposing players.  In 2006, he became assistant manager of  Croatian national team. He was also assistant manager of Lokomotiv Moscow working alongside  Bilic. He is currently technical director  of FC DAC who he joined in late 2014 on a 3 year contract.

However there should still be room for a few former West Ham players. David Sullivan told the official website: “I think he will bring a few of the West Ham legends to be part of his entourage and I think that is very good because it strengthens the bond with the supporters.”





About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

3 comments on “The Croatian backroom team

  1. “Vatreni Lakat”…I like that. Rio and Joe Cole need to be involved with the Club at some point soon.

    • Not sure what Joe Cole would offer…never seemed to me to be the brightest bulb. Rio, however, would be great!.

  2. Rio,Di Cannio starting with the academy would be good,or Di Cannio as European Scout
    To find new talent,
    Alan Devonshire would be an asset to and sounds like Trevor Sinclair is looking for employment he could have Teddies role for this season,he would be able to help
    Downing and Valencia a lot

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