Croatian football giants Hajduk Split sacked coach Goran Vucevic today because of poor recent results including two successive defeats which sees them trailing leaders Dinamo Zagreb by 13 points.
"We have decided something has to be changed, and in principle in such situations a coach is changed. Vucevic has agreed with that," Hajduk Split president Josip Grbic said.
However, the 39-year-old former international midfielder, who had started his career at the club, disagreed and said that he had not wanted to resign. "I wish Hajduk a happy future," said Vucevic, who took over last November from Stanko Poklepovic.
On Saturday, Hajduk Split - who are celebrating their centenary - lost 3-2 at home to Karlovac to stay in second place but with Dinamo all but certain to take the title as there are just five matches remaining. Hajduk Split have won 18 league titles, six coming since Croatia proclaimed independence from the former Yugoslavia in 1991.