TOMISLAV STIPIC BECOMES GC'S NEW HEAD COACH
GC's new head coach is joining the club from Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt, where he coached the 2nd team/U19 team
Grasshopper Fussball AG's Board of Directors signed the employment contract with Tomislav Stipić (39) as the new head coach of Grasshopper Club Zurich this morning. The contract will run until June 2020. If the new coach fails to keep the club in the top league this season, both parties will have the option to cancel the agreement from the end of the 2018/19 season. Stipić will start in his new role with immediate effect and will already sit in the dugout as head coach at the next home match on Saturday, 9 March 2019, Grasshopper Club Zurich vs. BSC Young Boys.
The Croat national Tomislav Stipić holds UEFA Pro and DFB A coaching licences.
Quick decision after detailed situation analysis
The increasingly acute situation of GC's senior team having to fight to remain in the top league in recent weeks had already some time ago called for a situation analysis and options to take action based on the conclusions. The matter of the senior team's head coach was one of the priorities. The fact that Tomislav Stipić was chosen is the result of an in-depth examination and assessment of all potential options, with the aim of ensuring that GC remain in the Swiss Super League. For GC CEO Manuel Huber, the hiring of Stipić is the key component of the mission to stay in the league: "In Stipić, we have opted for a strong, technically highly qualified person. In our current situation, we need a head coach with distinct analytical skills, new ideas and maximum levels of energy to successfully complete the mission of staying in the league."
Window for a turnaround to be used optimally
Another 13 matches will be played in the Swiss Super League until the end of the season. Two of those matches (home match against BSC Young Boys and away match against FC Sion) are to be played in the coming two weeks. This will be followed by a two-week break for international football. The four weeks until the end of the national side break should be used optimally so that the team can become familiar with the the new head coach's system. This also gives Stipić the possibility to settle for a squad and to train with them intensively for the crucial matches. "This will be a very intensive phase for the entire team. My mission is clear, and I will subordinate everything to achieving this objective," says the new GC head coach Tomislav Stipić.
Sober assessment of the current situation
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Stephan Anliker, is calling for a sober and objective assessment of the situation. "The objective of staying in the league is achievable, but we have to prepare for a difficult and hard phase from a sporting perspective. We won't be successful without mobilising all our forces at GC." Anliker made it clear to all GC employees and players that he expects decisive action and full commitment. The GC President considers the quick hiring of a very highly qualified new head coach to be a key measure: "We have only little time to turn things around. Stipić convinced me and my colleagues on the Board of Directors with his clear ideas and competent analysis of the performances to date."