After more than a week of intense negotiations and several rejections from coaches, Almería finally has a clear candidate to occupy the bench. Initially, the Andalusian club was looking for Spanish or foreign coaches with experience in La Liga as its main objective. However, after the ‘noes’ of Javi Gracia and Carlos Carvalhal, the options were expanded due to the complications that the sports management encountered in ensuring the commitment of a coach willing to get Almería out of its difficult situation.
According to Fabrizio Romano, an expert journalist in the transfer market, Almería has contacted Veljko Paunovic to be their new coach. Currently, Paunovic has a contract with Chivas de Guadalajara in Mexico, so negotiations focus on the coach’s exit clause. MARCA has confirmed this information and assures that Paunovic has already given his ‘yes’ to Almería, so the only thing missing is the agreement with his current club. If the negotiations are successful, the Serbian coach is expected to arrive in Almería this weekend and his signing will become official on Sunday at the latest.
Trainer with little experience
The choice of Paunovic is risky since his experience as a coach is limited. He has worked in the youth ranks of the Serbian national team, in the MLS with Chicago, in the English Third Division with Reading, and currently with Chivas in Mexico.