Friday, 13 August 2010


Dinamo Zagreb look set to continue their policy of appointing former playing legends as Josip Skobhlar emerged as their prime target to succede Velimir Zajec. However with Skobhlar now 69 years of age and with no recent experience of coaching since being sacked by Lebanon in 2000 questions may once again be asked. As a player Skobhlar was a major striking legend at Hanover and most notably at Olympic Marsielle. He also played 32 times for Yugoslavia scoring 11 goals.

As a coach his success has been far less. He won two Yugoslav Cups with Hajduk, but exempting short spells with Hamburg and Real Vallodolid there is nothing noteworthy on his CV. As a head figure such as the position occupied by Zoran Mamic, Skobhlar may prove useful, but as coach this can only be a short term solution. As for playing staff, goalgetter Pedro Morales looks certain to return to the team at the weekend as his omission greatly displeased chief executive Zdravko Mamic. Andrej Kramaric could also reappear.

A new coach will also have to make decision on the future of Mathias Chago and Dodo. Chago has been one of the most impressive players at Dinamo since the players returned to preseason training. However Istra Pula want him back on loan and he is no longer guarenteed a starting place since Arjan Ademi returned from Croatia Under 19 duty. Dodo meanwhile has been one of the guilty party responsible for Dinamo's lack of goals and could also go to Istra or more likely to Inter Zapresic who have not replaced him since he left the club.

Dinamo fans would be happy to see the back of Dodo, however parting with Chago could prove a mistake. Although Ademi and Adrian Callelo are ahead of him, Ante Tomic has rarely played for Dinamo in three seasons and may not prove suitable cover. Loaning Tomic may be a more sensible decision.