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12:00 AM, September 03, 2010 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, September 03, 2010

Rubcic new coach


Robert Rubcic

Robert Rubcic has been named as the new head coach of the national football team after the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday confirmed the appointment of the Croatian.
Rubcic is set to arrive in the country within the next ten days to put pen to paper on a one-year deal worth nearly US$50,000. Aside from his salary, the BFF will also be in charge of providing accommodation, transport, food and other facilities to the coach. The 46-year old coach, who has been capped once by Croatia, will be Bangladesh's 14th foreign coach.
He follows in the footsteps of fellow Balkan, the Serbian Zoran Djordjevic who left in February in acrimonious circumstances after failing to agree a contract extension with the BFF, despite guiding Bangladesh to victory in the South Asian Games at home.
After the departure of Djordjevic, Saiful Bari Titu temporarily took charge of the national side and guided them through the AFC Challenge Cup finals.
Following the bitter experience with Djordjevic, the game's governing body this time appointed a barrister to look into the clauses of the contract before signing the deal with the Croatian coach.
Rubcic's first assignment with the national squad is set to be the Asian Games in November. Besides, he is expected to lead the side in the Olympic pre-qualifiers, the AFC Challenge Cup and the FIFA World Cup pre-qualifiers.
The BFF stated that they also have plans to utilize his expertise in football development, by involving him with the football academy. Rubcic is contracted to work in line with all the BFF's assignments.
According to the contract, Rubcic will be paid three-months remuneration as a signing on fee when he signs the contract. The coach will also enjoy a one-month vacation during the period of the contract. The deal also includes a clause of compensation worth three months salary if he is fired before the end of the contract.
The UEFA pro-licensed coach last worked with famous Croatian club HNK Rijeka before stepping down in September last following a 6-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb. Rubcic also guided HNK Rijeka during last season's Europa League qualifying rounds, although his side did not make it into the tournament proper.

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