Former Croatian international and assistant coach of the national team, Aljosa Asanovic, has been confirmed as manager of Melbourne Knights Football Club in Australia.
Asanovic, who was part of the bronze-winning Croatian team at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, won 62 caps for his country before moving into coaching.
He became one of Slaven Bilic’s assistant coaches of Croatia national football team in 2006, taking the team to Euro 2008. He then followed Bilic to FC Lokomotiv Moscow.
Asanaovic’s career saw him play in Croatia, France, Italy and in England, enjoying spells at Hajduk Split, Montpellier, Napoli, Panathinaikos, and Derby County.
Former Hajduk Split player Dean Racunica, who also represented Croatia on two occasions, will Asanovic’s assistant at Melbourne Knights Football Club.
“Myself and Dean are not here for a holiday. We are here to build a side that is capable of achieving success not only next year but beyond that. We want to make a positive long-term impact on this club and the football landscape here. We are here to work hard and bring this club back to where it belongs, which is one of the biggest football clubs in Australia,” Asanovic said, the club’s website reported.
Melbourne Knights play in the National Premier League.