Gjorgji Hristov (R) playing for Macedonia; photo: dnevnik.com.mk

Gjorgji Hristov named Metalurg manager

Gjorgji Hristov (R) playing for Macedonia; photo: dnevnik.com.mkMetalurg has parted ways with manager Zikica Tasevski with former Macedonian international Gjorgji Hristov being named as his replacement.

After the recent resignation by the Shkendija manager Qatip Osmani, another surprising move occurred today when Metalurg announced that they have parted ways with Zikica Tasevski.  Reports are emerging that the reasons for the dismissal were being eliminated from the Macedonian Cup by Rabotnicki and drawing in the last game against Bregalnica in Stip.

Metalurg has been solid this season as they are in second place with 21 points, trailing Vardar by only two points.  They have yet to lose a game in league play as they have six wins and three draws after nine rounds in the Macedonian top division.  However, that was not enough to save Tasevski.

Both sides noted today that they went their separate ways in a friendly manner.  Metalurg thanked Zikica Tasevski for his work and wished him success in the future.

Metalurg then named the replacement for Tasevski in former Macedonian international Gjorgji Hristov.  Hristov is only 35 years and before being named manager today, he was the coordinator for the youth system of Metalurg.  Hristov is also the second leading scorer for the Macedonian national team with 16 goals, trailing only Goran Pandev who has 24 goals.

The youth system of Metalurg has been very successful under Hristov and the Metalurg president Aleksandar Panov hopes that the appointment of Hristov will inject some youth into the first team of Metalurg.  One of the criticisms of Zikica Tasevski was that he usually fielded older players and refused to play younger players because of a lack of confidence.  Metalurg is one of the oldest teams in the Macedonian top division, despite having a very good youth system.

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