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Club Brugge confirm departure Ivan Leko, the door is wide open for Philippe Clement

c1aa0ad0a31f18c736d25b2caaea2018 - Club Brugge confirm departure Ivan Leko, the door is wide open for Philippe Clement

Club Brugge and Ivan Leko will not go with each other: the contract of the Croat will not be renewed. The 41-year-old Leko was since 2017 trainer at the West-flanders and won his first season title. The number two of last season already speaks definitely with Philippe Clement (Racing Genk) to Leko to follow.

Ivan Leko made his debut as a trainer at OHL, then went as an assistant of Igor Tudor to PAOK and was then coach at Sint-Truiden. In 2017 he succeeded Michel Preud’homme at Club Brugge and was in his first season and immediately won the national championship. This season was wrecked blue-black and in the second place, but Leko ended up in the cell in the context of the investigation into black money and matchfixing in the Belgian football.

‘Thankful and proud’

That Leko after this season would leave, has been adopted, now confirms Club Brugge, so the discontinuation of the cooperation. ‘I am the Club and in particular Vincent and Bart will be eternally grateful for the opportunity I had, ” says Leko on the site of Club Brugge. “As a young, relatively inexperienced coach at Club Brugge can get is a privilege. The feeling that in me reigns is proud. Proud of what we, together with players, staff, supporters and board have accomplished in the past two years. I watch with a warm feeling back on my time at the Club and wish them all success in the coming seasons. Thank you.’


For Leko to follow are watching Club Brugge are sure to Philippe Clement. Who worked previously as hulptrainer at Club Brugge, and he then in 2017 he left for his first job as a head coach at Waasland-Beveren. He left the Waaslanders already after half a season for Racing Genk, that he has this season, unexpectedly to the title, piloted. Clement still has a contract in Limburg, but indicated Monday that he this week with the directors of Bruges would speak.

Also assistants leave

Not only Leko leaves besides at the Club: also T2 Rudi Cossey, T3, Edward Still, goalkeeping coach Tomislav Rogic and video analyst Nicolas Still see their contract not renewed. Assistant coach Timmy Simons and fysiektrainer Eddie Rob continue to be.