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Savo Milosevic poised to take over at Partizan Belgrade ahead of Ħamrun clash

Serbian giants Partizan Belgrade are expected to appoint former Yugoslavia forward Savo Milosevic as their new coach after parting ways with Ilija Stolica in the aftermath of their UEFA Europa League exit at the hands of AEK Larnaca.

Partizan Belgrade dropped into the UEFA Europa Conference League after losing 4-3 on aggregate against AEK Larnaca of Cyprus.

In Thursday’s second leg, Partizan needed to improve on their 2-1 defeat in the first leg but they could only register a 2-2 draw which sparked a lot of contestations by the home fans.

According to Serbian reports, coach Stolica did not even head into the dressing room while the post-match press conference was also halted due to his absence.

Stolic’s term in charge of Partizan lasted only 65 days during which he recorded only victory in six games between Serbian championship and Europa League.

Milosevic was already in charge of Partizan between 2019 and 2020. In fact, he took over on March 2019 where he managed to steer the club into the Europa League qualifications while also winning the Serbian Cup after defeating arch rivals Red Star Belgrade in the final.

Under Milosevic’s leadership, Partizan had qualified to the Europa League group stages where they faced Manchester United, Astana and AZ Alkmaar.

For Milosevic, this would be the second time that he faces a Maltese opponent as a coach after facing Birkirkara while in charge of Slovenia’s Olimpija Ljubljana in the Conference League qualifier last summer.

Milosevic’s side had scraped into the next round after a 1-1 aggregate with the Slovenian representative winning 5-4 on penalties at the Centenary Stadium.

Partizan have picked up only five points in four league matches so far and are due to face Mladost Novi Sad over the weekend.

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