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New role for Nik

Filed: Thursday, 12th April 2018
By: Staff Writer

Slaven Bilic may still be waiting for the right job offer, but one of his former backroom staff members has already returned to football in a management role.

Bilic and his backroom staff were fired by West Ham last November having been held responsible for the club's poor start to the 2017/18 campaign that left the Hammers struggling at the foot of the table.

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However Nikola Jurcevic - Bilic's assistant manager at West Ham - has landed himself a plum role back home as manager of leading Croatian club Dinamo Zagreb, who have won the Croatian First Football League in 11 of the last 12 seasons.

Last month the 51-year-old former midfielder replaced Mario Cvitanovic in the managerial hotseat, the latter being fired last month following two consecutive 4-1 defeats less than a year after being handed the role.

And Jurcevic has got off to a flying start with two wins and a draw in his opening three matches, thus ensuring his team are eight points clear of bitter rivals Hajduk Split, with just eight games of the season remaining.

The former Hammers assistant opened his account with a 2-0 win over Rudes before being held to a goalless draw at Inter Zapresic.

However Zagreb and Jurcevic returned to winning ways last week when securing a comfortable 4-0 win at struggling Istra 1961 - making them odds on to win a 12th title in 13 seasons.

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