April 19, 2007: Formula Division news:
Skála sack Dragan Kovacevic
and appoint John Petersen
as his successor
Skála gave short shrift to coach Dragan Kovacevic and sacked him Monday evening, after a poor start to the season which sees Skála rooted to the bottom of the table without a point after 4 matches.
The first 3 losses were against some of the better teams; HB Tórshavn, EB/Streymur and NSÍ Runavík, and were judged to be acceptable as these are 3 of the title favorites, but when Skála last Sunday on home soil lost 2-0 against newly promoted AB Argir, the Skála-board deemed the situation to be so critical, that something had to be done right away if they want to avoid relegation.
Today, Thursday, Skála have appointed John Petersen as new coach.
John Petersen is at the moment the assistant national coach; a job he will continue with alongside the Skála-job.
John Petersen, who'll be 35 when Skála visit GÍ Gøta on Sunday, is originally a Skála player, but in 1993 (that was before Skála had entered the highest division) he moved to B68 Toftir, and in 1994-1996 he played with GÍ Gøta, whom he helped win 3 championship titles, before he switched to B36 Tórshavn in 1997, who also became champions that same year, and again in 2001. In 2000 he played for Icelandic side Leiftur.
He retired from the national team in 2004 after 57 caps and 6 goals for the Faroe Islands.
For the national team, John Petersen mostly played in midfield, but for club, he always played in the attack. If we say that Todi Jónsson is the very best player the Faroes have ever produced, then it's not far off to say that John Petersen is maybe the very very second best ever...
However, John Petersen will not be present at Skála's match on Sunday, as he has been living in Denmark the past couple of years and doesn't arrive in the Faroes before Monday. His first test as coach will therefore be in the two key matches against VB/Sumba and B71 Sandoy, where Skála will have to get some points.
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