The Slovakian football association has announced that Stanislav Griga and Michal Hipp will be taking over the national team from Vladimir Weiss.
Vladimir Weiss decided to bring an end to his reign as the national team manager of Slovakia back in January.
The National football Association has been searching for a replacement since then, but the prospect of appointing to managers to work side-by-side certainly appears new indeed. However, the national football Association is extremely confident that they both can take Slovakia to new heights. After the appointment, a statement said that both coaches will have equal say on the team matters.
Michal Hipp has been the interim manager of Slovakia ever since the former manager Vladimir Weiss quit his post. He played 10 games for the national team, but ironically, they were for Czechoslovakia and Slovakia.
This was because Michal Hipp played five matches for Czechoslovakia and the remaining five matches for Slovakia following their separation in 1993. He has been the assistant manager for the national team from 2003 to 2006. The Slovakian national team made their bow in a major tournament at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Michal Hipp played a major role in getting the national team to this World Cup.
"Both coaches will have equal competences," said a statement on the official site of the Slovakian football Federation. The Slovakian national football team managed a quite stunning 3-2 win over Italy in the group stages of the World Cup, although they lost their next match two World Cup finalists Netherlands. Unfortunately, they have failed to make it into the Euro 2012 this summer. The tournament is cohosted by both Poland and Ukraine and will be beginning in less than a month. Slovakia will be aiming to reach the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.