After the success of Slaviša Jokanović, Serbian managers are a big hit in the Championship. Now Vladimir Ivić and Veljko Paunović got jobs in England.

Ivić is the new head coach of the Watford. He is a former Partizan Belgrade legend, and as a coach, he won the league 2 times in Israel with Maccabi Tel Aviv. He also led PAOK to their win in Greek Cup.

First of all, from the beginning, I have a big expectation of myself and of my coaching staff. It’s my first time in England and I need to adapt as fast as possible, to do the best for the club is very important to me.

He signed a one-year contract, with a further year option for the club. On the other side of the country, Reading gave a coaching job to former world champion Veljko Paunović.

OwnerDai Yongge said:

With vast experience of top-flight football as both a player and a coach across Europe and in the United States, and with a proven pedigree of successfully working with young up-and-coming footballers on both the domestic and international scene, I am confident Veljko can help take this club forward. This has been a process and this appointment has been made only after long, careful consideration. After meeting with him, we found Veljko to be an exceptional candidate who impressed us immediately. I am sure he is the right man for Reading Football Club. I’m delighted he has agreed to sign as our new manager.

Paunović comes from a family with a football background because he is the son of Blagoje Paunović, former Yugoslavia national team player. Paunović played for Partizan and then moved to Marbella, Mallorca, Oviedo, Tenerife, and Atletico Madrid. He also played in Germany, Russia, and the USA.

He led the Serbia U20 team to the gold medal finish at the Under 20 World Cup in 2015. That success paved the way for his return to the US, becoming Head Coach at Chicago Fire in November 2015.

So, will Serbian managers continue to overflow England? Can we see Serbian managers in the Premier League?


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