By John Askounis/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Xavi Pascual signed up to the conclusion of the 2020-21 season assuming head coaching responsibilities at Zenit Saint-Petersburg, the Russian club announced on Saturday confirming reports on the deal with the 47-year-old Spaniard.
The veteran of 291 EuroLeague games as the boss of Barcelona and Panathinaikos returns to Europe’s premier club competition. His side is currently tied for last place in the standings at 7-17, also holds a 7-10 W-L record in the VTB United League.
“I am sure that in our situation, Xavi Pascual was the best option for the head coaching position,” pointed out Zenit CEO, Alexander Tserkovny, “He knows most of our players, is familiar with how Joan Plaza works and will be able to get the most out of his predecessor’s effort. We have enough time and games remaining to correct our situation and restore our image to our fans.”
Pascual was the reported frontrunner to replace fellow Spaniard, Joan Plaza, who was dismissed Wednesday. He was without a team since December 2018 when Panathinaikos let him go.