The Croatian stable in Shakhtar (Srna, Pušić, Stanić) has recently experienced a significant change on the bench. Just days after Pušić and Stanić sat on the bench of the champions of Ukraine, they found themselves taking over as head coach and first assistant respectively. Srna is the sports director at Shakhtar, but he made a selfless decision to sit on the bench until a coaching solution was found.
When asked about his decision, Stanić said that it was made with his heart and happened very quickly. He didn’t even have time to think about anything before taking over as head coach against Barcelona. This new experience is a big change for him and represents a new way of life. Despite this, he is happy to be here and to be a part of this club.
Stanić and Srna have known each other since their days playing for the Croatian national team together. In fact, Dario Srna replaced Stanić in the position of right back during their time together on the national team. They are both proud of their history together and believe that Srna has had a great future ahead of him since taking over from Stanić in his position.
As they take over as head coach and first assistant respectively, it will be interesting to see how they lead Shakhtar forward in the Champions League competition against Barcelona. With their combined experience and expertise, there is no doubt that they will make an excellent team together.