Prosinecki handed Red Star reigns
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Former Croatia midfielder Robert Prosinecki has been confirmed as head coach of Serbian club Red Star Belgrade. Prosinecki succeeds Aleksandar Kristic, who parted company with the club earlier this week.

The 41-year-old former Red Star playmaker becomes the first Croatian coach to work in Serbian football - 19 years after war tore apart former Yugoslavia.

"I know that there will be some people both in Croatia and Serbia who will have something to say about it, but I really think that we should all move along and build our future together," he said.

"Hopefully this move of mine will help achieve that goal."

Prosinecki, who helped Red Star to European Cup glory in 1991 and also counts Real Madrid and Barcelona among his former clubs, has spent the last four years working as assistant Croatia coach under Slaven Bilic. Kristic left Red Star earlier this week after finishing the first part of season five points behind leaders and reigning champions Partizan Belgrade.

I know that there will be some people both in Croatia and Serbia who will have something to say about it, but I really think that we should all move along and build our future together.
Robert Prosinecki, new Red Star Belgrade coach

"I'm well aware of Partizan's domination in recent years," added Prosinecki.

"They've been champions three times in a row but I'll be focused on Red Star.

"We need to establish Red Star's good old style - an offensive one, beautiful to watch. And I'm really thrilled I've got a chance to do it," said the new coach.