Mise named Hajduk Split coach
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Hajduk Split have named Ante Mise as their new coach, with the 43-year-old former international midfielder replacing Goran Vucevic for his second stint as manager at the club.

Vucevic was sacked after a series of poor results which has left the Croatian football giants trailing league leaders Dinamo Zagreb by 13 points.

"I intend to keep the club second in the table and improve the way we're playing. We have to be aware that until now it was not good," said Mise.

Mise had already coached Hajduk Split in 2008/09 season, when he also replaced Vucevic whom he had assisted.

On Saturday, Hajduk Split, in their centenary year, lost 3-2 at home to Karlovac to stay in second place but Dinamo are 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.