GeelongSC name new coach – Ante Didulica

From Geelong Adi site –

GEELONG has shocked the soccer community by sacking coach Kit Greechan. Greechan was told yesterday morning he was being replaced by reserves coach Ante Didulica. His fate was sealed when the club recorded its fourth consecutive loss on Saturday, going down 4-2 to Sunbury.

Geelong, which has missed key players Chris Greechan, Romeo Purlija and captain Michael Nikolovski for chunks of the season, sits on the bottom of State League 3 with three points. “This is a results-driven business and the club believed I wasn’t getting the results,” Greechan said. Geelong secretary Jim Rendevski said the club’s board felt the team needed a change. “Results weren’t going our way,” Rendevski said. “Whether that was Kit’s problem or a player problem (I’m not sure), but we had a discussion at committee level and decided it was time for a change. “The decision was pretty unanimous. “We put all the pieces together – training and player morale – and it was just a combination of everything. “We thought that it was time for a change. “We just have not been improving.”

It’s not the first time Geelong has found itself in trouble through injury. Greechan, who replaced Peter Stojanovski midway through 2012, successfully guided Geelong away from relegation last season despite missing a number of key players. Rendevski said Didulica’s previous success with North Geelong’s under-21 side was the driving force behind his appointment. “We thought Ante was capable of lifting morale (and turning results around),” he said. “He took over the reserves this year. “It is a young squad but his style will be good for us, I think. “He is not a proven senior coach at the moment but he understands the game and he has a lot to offer our club.”