Four times league winning coach Gjore Jovanovski is the new manager of the Shtip based club.
Bregalnica had other plans in mind as they brought Bulgarian coach Kiril Emilov but FFM didn’t gave him a work permit. They quickly contacted Gjore Jovanovski and hired to lead the popular Blues. Jovanovski is experienced coach who had great success in the domestic league with Sloga Jugomagnat and Rabotnichki and also lead the national team on 13 games. His last First League adventure was last autumn with Shkendija.
“I am proud to coach Bregalnica from Shtip, one of the most footballing cities in Macedonia. The fans of Bregalnica have good knowledge of this game and they will have every right to be our biggest criticizers if we play bad or if we don’t give our best on the field. I quickly reached an agreement with the board and time will tell if they brought a good decision by hiring me. I am satisfied with the current squad, of course it can also be better. Speaking with director Igor Stojanov and rest of the board, we came to a conclusion that we should look to strengthen the squad according to the transfer budget. Although the transfer window closes on 31 August, we want to bring new players as soon as possible in order to catch the team’s preparations and be ready for the start of the championship.” said Jovanovski for local TV channel Iris.
Bregalnica yesterday went on preparations in Bulgarian mountain town of Bansko where will also play three friendlies. There is a possibility that after Bansko the team to go on other training camp in Slovenia, but new manager Jovanovski isn’t very happy about that option since the team will have to travel around 20 hours by bus as club’s budget doesn’t allow travelling by plane. “Going to Slovenia will only make the players more tired. To travel 20 hours to reach the destination and later another 20 hours to get back is too much. From my personal experience travelling by bus during the summer will require 2-3 days for the players to get back to normal. I will speak to the board in order to prevent that idea from realising, of course if it’s not already booked, it it is than we will go. According to me, it will more benefit the team a 10 to 12 days of training in Ohrid where we can also play friendlies as there will be also be teams from Serbia and Albania. Still, I’m only one day here and I can’t ruin any plan that have already been made.” added Jovanovski.
Meanwhile Bregalnica hired 25-year old Croatian striker Anto Pejić who comes from Slovenian side Bela Krajina and also 23-year old goalkeeper Filip Gachevski. The second comes from Austrian side Kapfenberg and used to be keeper for the Macedonian U21 national team. Also there are two Mexican on trial and if they satisfy will be signed.