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Coach Tomaž Kavčič's seat is shaking. Foto: Reuters

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"Kampl did not leave me hanging. Oblak is my personal defeat."

Post-match assessment: "Far from it, that a draw with Cyprus can be a success."
17. October 2018 ob 11:16
Ljubljana - MMC RTV SLO

"First I'll count to ten. Don't ask me that anymore, I hear it every day." Despite winning only one point in the four rounds of the Nations League, stepping down as head coach has become a taboo topic for Tomaž Kavčič, who believes that he will still be in charge of Slovenia in March.

If Kavčič's wish comes true, despite Slovenia's most probable elimination from League C, statements from the past weeks point to the possibility that Slovenia's best goalkeeper will still not stand in Slovenia's goal. "I don't want to talk a lot about Jan Oblak. I lot was already said and so let everyone create his own opinion. And what does that tell you?" Kavčič asked the media and Slovenian public at the press-conference after Slovenia's draw with Cyprus (1:1). When questioned whether he would still ask Oblak to change his mind about the November matches, the 64-year-old coach erupted.

The national team needs him, the door is open
"Who should I ask? It's the national team! Who do they come here for? For me? Jan Oblak – I'm not the problem here. Does the national team need him? Yes, we need him, the door is always open. I like to discuss things one on one. Who did I promise (the captain armband)? Who are those five? Of course, it should have been Iličić, or maybe Požeg-Vancaš?" the head coach spilled his heart out and thus confirmed that at the core of the problem is the appointment of the team's captain. With his statement he also rejected the accuracy of the football association's PR report, published after a meeting between Oblak and the president of the Slovenian Football Association (NZS) Rade Mijatović in Madrid.

Coach Tomaž Kavčič's seat is shaking. The question is whether the NZS is turning deaf to the opinion of the majority of the Slovenian football public, or is blindly following the coach who keeps assuring us that Slovenia is on the right path and will be ready for the March qualifications.

Tilen Jamnik, MMC; translated by K. J.
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