Harduk announced today that his new coach is Swede Jens Gustafsson, who will succeed Italian Paul Tramezzani.
Gustafsson is 42 years old and began coaching in 2010. From 2016 to 2020, he led the Norrköping team. He led the Norrköping team to the cup final and once won the AFC Champions League.
His career was not particularly noticeable, he ended his career at the age of 30. For the past seven years, he has been captain and served as a midfielder and defender for Falkenberg in the second division.
A year later, he started as a coach in the Halmstad youth team and became a first team coach in the summer of 2011. Then in the first season, he withdrew from the league, but in the following league and won 14th and 10th.
After parting ways with Halmstad, he served as a coach for the Swedish U-21 national team for a year, then served as an assistant coach for AIK for half a season, and then replaced Norrkoping in the summer of 2016, where He succeeded Janne Anderson (Janne Anderson). After winning the championship, defeated the Swedish national team.
In the four and a half years of the club’s bench, his biggest success was runner-up in 2018, when he was only two points behind the AIK champion. A year ago he reached the cup final but lost to Ostersunds 4- 1.
In Europe, he failed to enter the group stage after three attempts-in 2016 he was stopped by Rosenborg on his way to the UEFA Champions League, but was blocked by Lithuanian Trakai and Israel’s Sharpel Bay while trying to enter the UEFA Champions League Irsheva. In Norrkoping, Gustafson parted ways at the end of 2020.
“I left during a turbulent period. I don’t want to be one of them. Now is the time to continue living, like a club,” Gustafson said in his first interview with Swedish media after his breakup in February.
“We finally came together. The club needs different leaders and I need a new challenge. In recent years, my role has developed to an unimaginable level because I also served as a sports director. This is too much for me. , “I just want to go back to coach. I want to focus on this role in the next club,” he told Fotobollskanalen.
Later, according to Swedish media reports, he received offers from AIK and Gothenburg, but his interest in the former made him withdraw from the competition of the latter. In the end, he found his first job abroad. In Split, he will perform his duties as a coach according to his wishes.
The new Hajduk coach comes from a football family. His father Tommy was a fanatical striker of Landskrona’s generation. He won the only Swedish championship in history in 1972.
When announcing the name of the new coach, Hajduk pointed out that in addition to having a UEFA PRO license, Gustafson also has a university degree in psychology, or more precisely, behaviorism.