Chedomir Janevski is no longer the manager of the Macedonian national team as he was introduced by Mons as the club’s new manager earlier today.
The Mons website announced the news, saying that Janevski has terminated his contract with the Macedonian national team, effective immediately, to take over struggling Belgian side Mons. For Saturday’s game between Mons and Club Brugge, Janevski will watch the game from the stands as Mons will be led by assistant Geert Broeckaert while Janevski gets acclimated to his new team. Mons was looking for a new manager after Enzo Scifo was dismissed on 23 September. The club currently finds itself in last place of the 16 team Belgian league with just 2 points from the opening 8 rounds.
Janevski said at today’s press conference, “Between 1989 and 1995 I lived in Belgium, my sons were born here and I kept a house a Brugge. I have always wanted to return to Belgium and seized on this opportunity when it presented itself. My work begins at the conclusion of this press conference.”
His exit leaves the Macedonian national team without a manager heading into the final two qualifiers of the 2014 World Cup qualifications next month. With not much time until the next game against Wales on 11 October, the Football Federation of Macedonia (FFM) is likely to appoint Janevski’s top assistant Nedjat Shabani or U21 manager Boban Babunski as the caretaker manager for the two October qualifiers. Then, after the conclusion of those two games, FFM is expected to begin its search for a new manager to lead the national team heading into the 2016 European football championships.