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Monday, 14 March 2011 11:30

Predrag Jokanovic resigns from Nacional

Fuming Serbian slams supporters and walks out

Pedrag JokanovicPredrag Jokanovic became the 10th managerial casualty in the Portuguese top flight this season after resigning following his team’s 1-1 home draw against Academica yesterday.

In taking his leave Jokanovic, who is known for his hot temper, launched an extraordinary attack on what he considered a lack of support from the Madeira club’s fans.

“I like to win, to work hard and to have our fans backing me. Our supporters only get behind us when we are winning. When we are losing they are unbearable. They have to support these kids, who are 20 and 21 years old. This anxiety is transmitted to the players.
“When it was 0-0 you could hear whistles. We scored a goal and suddenly it seemed we were European champions. We conceded a goal in stoppage time and we were whistled again. I can’t work like that, so it’s better to leave.
“These are not my supporters. Those who were always behind the team when we came up to the first division – those are the real fans! I won’t go back on my decision. I hope the fans now support the team until the end of the season. If Jokanovic was the problem, he has now left. Everything is still wide open.”


The fiery Serbian agreed with a journalist post-match who asked him if he thought the fans had “had it in for him” from the moment he took over from Manuel Machado.
“Yes, and I didn’t like it. You tell me one coach in Portugal who has guided his team to victories over Benfica, Porto and Sporting this season? Nobody! [apart from Jokanovic] They don’t give value to this team of kids. They have to grow up.
“Next year, with one or two additions, Nacional will have a great team. They have to be patient. When this team loses its anxiety it will be 30 or 40 percent better. I didn’t manage to achieve this, maybe through my own fault.”
Youth team coach Ivo Vieira will take over in the immediate future. The club have not yet announced if they will contract another coach before the end of the season.
by Tom Kundert
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Comments (2)
2 Monday, 14 March 2011 16:23
There goes Nacionals season.
I understand the manager being upset about the fans, and most likely deservingly so. People have to realize the type of squad they have. Booing and whistling isn't going to help.
They aren't Sporting whose fans are completely fed up with mediocrity.
As for the youngsters comments, I don't agree as much. Beira-Mar has just as young of a squad. for that matter, so does Porto believe it or not. Granted most sit.

It would have been best for all if teh manager finished out the season, and then resign. He did his team a disservice leaving now. Any way you slice it, he quit on them.
What a joke!
1 Monday, 14 March 2011 14:37
I understand his point but these are professional athletes. If they aren't producing then they deserve to be whistled.

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