Željko Kopić nije više trener ciparskog kluba Pafos. Nakon posljednjeg poraza u gostima od AEL-a uprava Pafosa odlučila je raskinuti suradnju s hrvatskim stručnjakom i njegovim stručnim stožerom u kojem su bili Sandro Perković i Zlatko Bašić.
Kopić je bio na klupi Pafosa od listopada do 2018 godine. Prošla sezona bila je turbulentna i glavni Kopićev cilj bio je stabilizirati momčad i izbjegnuti ispadanje. Za ovu sezonu postavljeni su viši ciljevi, ali ekipa nije napravila očekivani iskorak prema očekivanju uprave, te se Pafos trenutno nalazi na devetom mjestu u prvenstvu.
U svom mandatu Kopić je sa svojom momčadi ostvario i nekoliko zapaženih rezultata kao pobjede protiv do tad neprikosnovenog APOEL-a i Omonije Nicosia.
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📄 PAFOS FC announces the official end of the partnership with our former coach Zeljko Kopic and his associates Sandro Perkovic and Zlatko Basic. Mr. Kopic and his colleagues have presented great work for our team since October 2018 when they were hired in PAFOS FC. PAFOS FC would like to stress that this decision does not undermine Mr Kopic's great contribution to our team during his stay. With mr Kopic we experienced great moments, like the great away victories against APOEL and Omonoia in GSP Stadium, bringing expectations to a new level! However, the team's management has decided that it is necessary to change the coaching leadership at this point. According to the results of the new season our team has not reached the required level of competitiveness expected. We need to move forward and we feel that our team needs new challenges and new supervising to make the next step. The Board understands the complexity of the situation and is working hard to find a candidate that will bring the team to the level we all want. The decision will be taken carefully considering the circumstances. Up to that point Mr Jeremy Steele will be coaching the team as interim manager, in cooperation with Vitali Astafiev, Jesus Pinedo and Nikos Constantinides. We would like to thank Mr Kopic for the cooperation and his contribution to our team and wish him the best both on a personal and professional level.