It was announced last week that Dinamo Zagreb head coach Zoran Mamić has stepped down from his position at the club and will be taking a coaching job with Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr.
Mamic made the announcement at a tearful press conference and cited difficulties with his daughter as the reason for leaving.
“This was a very hard decision to make, but I figured it was for my family and me to the best solution. The last event was about my daughter and was the last straw and I decided that I should go. I had a very tough last year and we pushed in the best way and I do not think that I could continue, but I decided for the family. I’ve got one of the biggest clubs in Asia, which has a lot of fans and who want trophies, I know what to expect, we know what kind of country Saudi Arabia is. But I believe we can achieve the goals and the right result and we will open up space for other coaches,” Mamic said during the press conference.
Mamic’s daughter, Nina, was detained for sending threatening messages to her former boyfriend and his mother.
The complaint was eventually withdrawn, and was released from custody.
The legendary Cico Krajnčar will be replacing Mamic at the helm of Dinamo.
Mamic was the longest-tenured coach in Dinamo history, leading the team through three seasons. He has also been one of the most successful coaches, securing three titles, two Croatian Cups, and defeating the likes of Arsenal in the Champions League.
Cico Kranjčar most recently coached in Qatar and also coached Dinamo for a season in 1998. The club remains confident that Kranjcar will pick up here Zoran left off.
The monetary amount for either coach was not disclosed. Also, assumptions have been made that both Zoran and his daughter are conveniently leaving the country in an attempt to evade law enforcement. Zoran and his brother Zdravko are being investigated for tax fraud.