Kranjcar quits as Dinamo Zagreb coach


Zagreb—Former Croatia coach Zlatko Kranjcar quit as Dynamo Zagreb coach late Sunday after a run of three defeats for the Croatian league champions.
Kranjcar, a former star player for the club who took over only three months ago, announced his resignation immediately after a 5-2 defeat in the national championship to Rijeka.
It was the club’s third consecutive defeat this month following the loss against Osijek at home 0-1 and 0-3 against Lyon in the Champions League in France.
“It is certainly not pleasant to be defeated three time in a row,” Kranjcar said in a statement published on the club’s website.
“I cannot be happy with the latest results and it is logical …. to leave now.”
The 59-year-old took the helm of Dynamo Zagreb for a third stint in mid-June, replacing former international Zora Amic. The latter left to coach Saudi Arabia side Al Nassr.
Kranjcar was a top scorer for the club from the late 1970s until 1984 before joining Rapid Vienna, followed by a season from 1990-91 with another Austrian side St. Polten.
He returned as coach and led the club to the championship and cup double twice, in 1996 and 1998. He was also Croatian national coach from 2004 to 2006.
With nine matches played Dinamo are third in the championship behind Rijeka and Osijek.—AFP