Johor Darul Takzim coach Bojan Hodak dismissed

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The club thanked Hodak on their official website

Reigning Malaysian Super League champions have confirmed the dismissal of head coach along with his replacement, Argentinian tactician Mario Gomez.

The surprising move comes as JDT sit in fourth place in the 2015 campaign with a 4-3-2 record from nine matches played.

The decision to replace the Croatian coach came out of a desire to improve the club’s performance, said Johor Football Association president Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim.

“Hodak is a good coach but JDT need to move forward,” the president told reporters. “To move forward we need to make changes in terms of tactics to raise the level of the players.

“He has done great things at JDT by winning the Super League last season and the Sumbangsih trophy earlier this year. But we need to change our game, and his contribution will be a part of our history.

“The club, myself, and all the players have learn so much from Bojan. He has a very good knowledge of Malaysian football, and I believe that he will achieve success wherever he goes next.”

Gomez, who boasts experience as an assistant coach with European clubs such as Inter and Valencia, has most recently managed Hong Kong’s South China. He is expected to arrive in on Friday.

“Gomez is an experienced coach and he is excited to accept the JDT job and he is excited to be a part of our football development project,” Tunku Ismail added.

Current assistant coach Ismail Ibrahim will serve as caretaker manager for the club’s  match against East Bengal on Tuesday in Kolkata.

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