73 days after the expiry of Vital Heynen’s contract, Polish volleyball players have a new coach. This is Serb Nikola Grbić, whose employment in Gliwice was announced on Wednesday by the president of the Polish Volleyball Federation, Sebastian Świderski.
Heynen on choosing Nikola Grbic as the coach of Polish volleyball players: It is a logical choice
We asked the Belgian, who led the team before Grbic and gave her the second world championship in 2018 and the leading places at almost every big event he attended, about how he feels about his successor.
– It’s a very good decision. A logical choice, perhaps the best one at the moment. Sebastian Świderski hired a coach who was very successful last year, who knows Polish volleyball. And he is accepted by the players, or at least I had the impression that those who played in ZAKSA had a really great contact with him. You have everything in this movement to be successful – assesses Vital Heynen for Sport.pl.
Heynen knows best what Sirci can be. “Not an easy decision”
“I know this decision was not that easy to make because of the Perugia case and the fact that they made it a bit difficult, but in the end the relationship has put it on and it seems to be the right one,” adds Heynen.
He talks about the case of Gino Sirci, who has long indicated that he will not allow the roles to be combined: running the Sir Safety club Perugia and the Polish national team by Grbic, but eventually he had to agree to it after stormy negotiations. Heynen knows best what Sirci can be. He was the Perugia coach before Grbic and was sacked in the Italian championship finals last season – between one game and another.
Heynen: They are my players and I still love them! I wish them a medal at the Olympics
– I wish Nikola to succeed in his new role, but most of all I would like the guys to win a medal at the Olympics. I think it is still a dream of many players in this team. They are my people, my players and I still love them! Now they will also be Grbić players and I hope that the next world championships will also do well for them. My working time in Poland has been a fantastic experience, may it be even better. Good luck to everyone in the team – told us the trainer.