Dragojlo Stanojlovic agreed to a technical director post
Mascom Top 8 champions, Gaborone United have roped in former Extension Gunners and Mochudi Centre Chiefs coach, Dragojlo Stanojlovic as technical director, WeekendSport has learnt.
The Serbian mentor will eventually be placed at the helm of the technical team as soon as the team parts ways with Rahman Gumbo, reports suggest.
Gumbo fell out of favour after the team crumbled out of the league race, but winning the top 8 competition saved him from the early chop, at least for one more season.
The strategy currently employed is the same grand plan applied on David Bright when he was constructively dismissed. Gumbo was initially hired as the technical director of the club, but as soon as Bright exited Moyagoleele, he took the reins.
Those close to the developments revealed that Gumbo is running his last lap at the Money Machine and Stanojlovic is being readied to be his successor. Gumbo’s contract has been extended for one more year.
However, The Reds’ soft spoken secretary general, Hebert Letsebe could not quite link Stanojlovic‘s arrival at the team to the falling of Gumbo from GU. He only asserted that it was only corridor talk and would remain such.
The possibility of Stanojlovic returning to coaching, where he had short fractious spells with premier league clubs would still galvanise the support. The former Mochudi Centre Chiefs coach has not declared his intention to return to the Premier League but was said to have been photographed this week talking to GU high ranking officials.
However, while the relationship between GU owners and the coaches is always a key factor, Stanojlovic is likely to seek assurances he would be granted complete control of all field matters, including transfer policy, if he is allowed to drive the team.
But uncharacteristically and as it is always the case with United, Letsebe downplays reports that Stanojlovic is being prepared to take over the baton from Gumbo.
While recent results had made Gumbo’s looming departure inevitable, with GU fourth in the league and 15 points behind champions Mochudi Centre Chiefs, there is intense frustration among the hierarchy and on the part of the players which appear to play in the team's downfall.
GU management are said to be closely monitoring the situation. The decision for a squad overhaul still stands, with senior players, some of whom were resistant to the team’s attempts to reduce their involvement in the side, still expected to depart in the next transfer window. Defender Gobonyeone Selefa is already on his way out of the club, and there is likelihood that Gaopatwe Seonsenyeng will follow him.
The Manchester United defender will now focus on his club career having made 93 caps for France, appearing at three world cups and on European championship. The Les Bleus won the World cup in 2018 and Raphael Varane started all but one of France’s matches in Qatar as they finished as runners up to Argentina
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