Savo Vucevic a dit oui à l'Élan Chalon

Savo Vucevic a dit oui à l’Élan Chalon

Two climbs with Bondy (up to Pro B). One with Antibes (in Pro B). One with AS Monaco (in Pro B). One with JL Bourg (in Pro A). And a last one with Chalon-sur-Saône? If we give the benefit of the doubt to the current team, which nevertheless seems incapable of regaining momentum between now and the playoffs, Savo Vucevic (65 years old) will have no other objective next season than to experience a sixth accession and to bring the Elan back to where it is supposed to be: in Betclic ELITE.

One year contract

Because yes, after long discussions with his former Cholet sports director Rémy Delpon (in 2001/02), the Franco-Montenegrin technician ended up being convinced. Passing through Bourg-en-Bresse last week, where he was able to greet hundreds of people at Ékinox and remember the good memories of a successful mandate at the JL, the former coach of the Roca Team therefore also took advantage of his time in the region to finalize an agreement with Elan. With a short-term contract at stake: only one year. Accustomed to taking over clubs in delicate situations, Savo Vucevic will be served in Chalon-sur-Saône. Since the coronation of 2017, the institution of Saône-et-Loire has been in free fall, to the point of seeing the Colosseum empty and the rare supporters strike for encouragement during a defeat against a quasi-relegation player (86 -91 against Nantes) with the interim Maxime Pacquaut at the head of the professional group (since the dismissal of Sebastian Machowski at the beginning of April, where the name of the native of Bar had already been prioritized by the Burgundian leaders).


An excellent leader / manager of men before being a coach with great tactical principles, one of the keys to Savo Vucevic’s success is to manage to build a real relationship of trust with his executives. “It’s one of his greatest qualities,” confirmed his nephew Nikola Vucevic, the two-time Chicago Bulls All-Star. “He often manages to establish very good connections with his players and I think they respect him a lot. He understands the players, knows how they think and that’s something a team appreciates. He has a personal connection with them, he really wants to help them, it’s something that stands out about him. Outside of sport, people can’t really understand, but the players manage to give their best when they have a coach close to them, knowing that there are limits that shouldn’t be exceeded with him. Most of the greatest coaches manage to do this. My uncle is good at it. »

Players’ coach and “panache basketball”

The best examples are surely Zack Wright, who has never lost an opportunity since his retirement to praise him on social networks, or the silent Zachery Peacock, ex-MVP of Pro A, who got carried away at our micro, in December 2017, towards a three-minute long declaration of love for her. “A lot of players say their current coach is one of the best they’ve ever had, but believe me, that’s the case. I’ve never had a coach like him, who cares about what you think, who cares about you. Savo helps me play at a high level by thinking more about my physical condition than I do myself. It’s great to play for him. I can admit it: I love Savo! “And since you are never better served than by your own words, the main interested party deciphered himself last year … “I am not a conventional coach. The Vucevic method is completely different, fashioned in a certain softness and flexibility. I am someone who gives a lot to the players, who is very close to them. »

As for the field, Savo Vucevic has always been a fan of spontaneous play, resolutely turned towards the attack. “I want simple basketball, and that’s ultimately the hardest thing to do. I try not to give 36,000 information to players. I’ve always been a fan of basketball where you score two points more than the opponent, but I don’t like the labels of offensive coach or defensive coach. I’m proud that we were Jeep ELITE’s second attack this season (last year, editor’s note) but to play offensive basketball, you have to have a good defense. Personally, I’ve always wanted basketball with panache: to play fast, simply, to run, to circulate the ball, to offer a good game for the spectators. “What to manage to win back a Chalonnais public more and more tired over the years, already practically disillusioned even before the start of the playoffs? Nice challenge at the twilight of a rich course…

A press conference scheduled for Monday…

The leaders of Elan Chalon called the press for an exceptional conference on Monday afternoon. There is no doubt that Savo Vucevic’s name will be announced there.

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