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Dorian Pisani replaces Jovan Popovic as Neptunes WPSC coach

Jovan Popovic is no longer the Neptunes coach. Photo: Christine Borg

Waterpolo champions Neptunes WPSC have sacked coach Jovan Popovic and appointed Dorian Pisani as their new head coach, the Premier Division club announced.

Popovic had been at the helm of Neptunes WPSC for the past five and under his helm the Balluta Bay club enjoyed a lot of success, namely three national league titles and one knock out competition among others.

However, Saturday’s defeat against San Ġiljan proved fatal for the Montenegrin coach as the team suffered their second successive defeat against a direct league rival following their upset to Sliema last week.

The defeat to San Ġiljan saw Neptunes forfeit top spot in the Premier Division to the Saints and during a committee meeting held on Sunday morning the club decided to part way with Popovic and appoint Pisani as their new coach.

Pisani’s main task now will be to prepare the team for their championship play-off against Sliema in the coming days.

“The Club announces that, following a committee meeting this morning, and with mutual consent with First Team Coach Jovan Popovic, it has been agreed to part ways,” the club said in a statement.

“Dorian Pisani, a former first team player who spent numerous years at the Club, has been appointed as First Team Coach with immediate effect and has agreed to a contract until the end of 2023. We welcome Dorian back and wish him the best of success upon his return to the Club.

“The Club wishes to whole-heartedly thank Jovan for his dedication, hard-work and loyalty to the Club over the last 5 years which led to major successes, including 3 Summer League titles, 1 Knock Out title and other silverware.

“We wish Jovan the best of luck for his future.”

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