Thursday, June 2, 2011

Bojan exits to China

Sniff, sniff...as Bojan (in red) heads for his next port of call in China
The worst news possible has happened. Well, for Phnom Penh Crown FC anyway. Not for Bojan Hodak, their head coach, who this morning is flying to China to become the assistant coach at the Chinese Super League champions and current leaders, Shandong Luneng FC. It's a fabulous move for him, Shandong are one of the very best clubs in Asia and he'll be working with his former coach at NK Hrvatski Dragovaljac, Rajko Magic, so they know each other very well already. Bojan took over at Crown in November and in the 14 matches under his control, Crown won ten, drew two and lost two. He leaves after guiding Crown through the qualifying stages of the AFC President's Cup and at the top of the C-League. He's been great to work with and made himself available at the drop of a hat to me and everyone else, his rapport with the players was excellent, so much so that some of them cried when he informed them of his decision yesterday morning. He had a story for every occasion and I'm sure his new adventures in China will bring him many more. I certainly hope our paths will cross again in the future. I had a chat with him last night to say goodbye as he flies out this morning with his wife and son, heading for Jinan in Shandong province, on the east coast of China. For Crown, the task is to regroup ahead of Saturday's important C-League game against the Army and the Academy head coach Bouy Dary will take charge of team affairs in a caretaker capacity until a decision is made on Bojan's permanent replacement.

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