By Eurohoops Team/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Zvezdan Mitrovic returned to AS Monaco undertaking head coaching responsibilities, the French club announced on Thursday morning.
“As one can imagine, returning really pleases me,” he mentioned upon signing his contract, “I meet friends. I feel at home in Monaco. This club is like my second home.”
The 50-year-old Montenegrin head coach was the Monaco boss from 2015 to 2018. His first stint included three straight Leaders Cup triumphs in 2016, 2017, and 2018. In addition, he was named Jeep Elite Pro A coach of the year in 2017 and 2018.
“The management, other people I work with, and the fans, we were able to build solid relationships during my first three and a half years at Monaco,” he said, “I understand the warm and professional status of a team like Monaco, a strong and ambitious team. Working in such conditions is a privilege for a coach.”
In terms of European club competitions, he made it to the Basketball Champions League Final Four in 2017 and 2018. Since the season following his departure and in the upcoming 2020-21 season, Monaco is part of the 7DAYS EuroCup.
Mitrovic guided the Roca Team to France’s top-tier division by winning Pro B in 2015. This time around meets Monaco in Jeep Elite Pro A in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We will focus on building a competitive team,” he added moving on to the next season, “We know the context with the reduced budget following the crisis that will affect almost every team. We will do everything in our power in order to succeed.”
He is coming off his two-year run with LDLC ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne that resulted in him being fired and the ongoing conflict recently transferred to the French court.