Savo appointment branded ‘a risk’

By Graham Hill

EX-VILLA striker Savo Milosevic has been made manager of Partizan Belgrade – and it is a move that has raised serious question marks.

The man who spearheaded the Villa attack under Brian Little more than two decades ago is now head coach at Partisan following the resignation of former boss Zoran Mirkovic.

But Milosevic’s appointment has raised eyebrows – it is the Serb’s first job as a manager after being No2 at Montenegro.

However, some hope that Milosevic can progress after following in the footsteps of Slavisa Jokanovic.

And Richard Wilson, of The Football Life, said: “Savo Milosevic had a fearsome reputation as a striker but to pick such a rookie as manager of a club in turmoil is a risky decision.

“He can’t get the side performing much worse, as this season is a write off, and he will have enough credit in the bank from fans to roll over into next season.

“That said, Milosevic has studied the game and Partizan will hope that this appointment turns out as well as the last rookie at the club, Slavisa Jokanovic.”

Milosevic, now 45, was a player with Partizan and he moved to Villa from Belgrade in a £3.5million deal with a scoring record of 74 goals in 98 games.

He signed a three year deal in 1995 in what was a club record move at the time. But, by Little’s own admission, he was not always on target.

He signed a three year deal but, by Little’s own admission, he was not always on target.

But was also a favourite with Holte Enders and scored in Villa’s 1996 League Cup win over Leeds at Wembley.

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