Erbil FC releases Croatian coach, Radan
“How can I travel to city where 1500 people have been killed in the last month?”
Erbil Club President, Abdullah Majeed, declared that the club released the Croatian coach Radan in a press conference held in Erbil on June 2.
Majeed said” About 45 days ago, Radan informed us that he is not ready to travel with Erbil team to Baghdad due to instability of security conditions. We tried hard to convince him that nothing would happen to him, but he insisted on his decision,”
Although Radan was promised by Erbil club officials to have personal security details and was given freedom to travel through air, he reiterated that he can’t continue working with the club.
“We can’t really oblige Radan to travel to Baghdad, but the only thing we can do is respecting his decision.”
Majeed refused the release of Radan to have anything to do with the club’s results at the Asian Confederation Cup. He said it is only related to security situations in Baghdad. The team is currently run by Radan’s assistant, Omer Majeed. The club president said that the club is not in hurry of hiring a new coach. When Radan was asked why he does not want to accompany with Erbil to Baghdad, Radan said “How can I travel to a city where 1500 people have been killed in the past month? I am really afraid of my life. After I talked to my family, I finally decided to end my contract with Erbil.”
Radan joined to Erbil FC in December 2012 and his deal with Erbil was for one season and he was only receiving a monthly salary. Additionally, according to the agreement, Erbil also provided Radan with meals and accommodation.
Finally, after announcing the release of Radan, Erbil club president, officials and players, acknowledged the coach’s efforts in leading the team for the past year.
Radan was born 1967 in Croatia. He has played for several clubs and managed several teams including Croatia youth national team, Rebica FC from Yugoslavia, Bahraini Al-Raffae FC, Etihad FC from UAE, Kuwait FC form Kuwait, Kuwait national team, Saudi Arabian Al-Nasir FC, Mareekh FC from Sudan, and Qadisiya FC from Kuwait.