Agent: Veselin Jelusic has resigned as Bloemfontein Celtic coach

The Serbian boss has tendered his resignation just before the club resumes pre-season ahead of the 2018/19 PSL season

Bloemfontein Celtic will have to find a new coach after Veselin Jelusic decided to resign from his coaching position with Siwelele.

Local media reports emerged on Thursday morning that the Serbian boss has announced he is stepping down from his role.

According to his agent, Ivica Stankovic, he confirmed the reports that his client has indeed parted ways with the Premier Soccer League (PSL) outfit.

Having spent one season with the club, Jelusic was reportedly owed monies by the Mangaung-based side.

Apart from unpaid salaries, the coach’s future with Phunya Sele Sele has been the subject of speculation in recent months since rumours of the club’s sale emerged at the end of last season.

On the other hand, there were reports that the coach had bought a one-way ticket to Serbia, but the Free State side rubbished the reports.

Speaking to Phakaaathi on Thursday, the agent confirmed the manager’s departure at Celtic with immediate effect.

“Yes, it’s true that he [Veselin Jelusic] has resigned,” Stankovic said.

“We have no offers from South Africa yet. We’re still looking for something for him,” he added.

The former Botswana national team coach has already been linked with a move to several clubs as he looks to remain in South African PSL.

However, Stankovic said there is nothing concrete as yet, but did not rule out a possibility of coaching in the country’s top tier.

Having led Siwelele to the 11th spot on the log last season, Jelusic also helped the club reach the Telkom Knockout Cup final where they lost to eventual champions, Bidvest Wits.

On the other hand, it remains to be seen whether the club’s bosses will find a buyer in Bloemfontein as the club remains up for sale.

Meanwhile, Jelusic worked with former captain Lehlohonolo Seema and John Maduka and the duo could be tasked with overseeing their pre-season preparations.



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